Webinar: The Iraq War in Living Memory

Panelists consider the Iraq war as living memory from an Iraqi, American and international perspective.

Members event, Webinar Recording
30 July 2020 — 6:00PM TO 7:15PM

The invasion of Iraq in 2003 was a watershed moment in global politics and international relations. As the invasion and occupation unfolded, Iraqi perceptions of the US and the West shifted and Western perceptions of Iraq’s political and regional future became more complicated.

But is such a depoliticization of the Iraq war possible? The BBC2 documentary series, Once Upon a Time in Iraq, tells the story of the Iraq war through the experiences of civilians, journalists and soldiers highlighting the real consequences of political decisions.

  • How do retrospective analyses of the invasion of Iraq and its aftermath affect how we think about political and military decision-making in the early years of the war?

  • How can we trace back recent conflict – from the rise of ISIS to government violence against protesters – to the decision to invade?

  • What factors impact public conceptions of the conflict in Iraq and elsewhere?

  • How has the Iraq war shaped perceptions of foreign invasions and military interventions more broadly?

  • And what are the challenges to compiling narratives of a conflict that is still unfolding?

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