Iraq Initiative conference 2023

Our flagship conference convenes policymakers, analysts, academics and civil society to discuss critical questions for Iraq and the country’s trajectory in the year ahead.

Research event, Panel Recording
8 November 2023 — 9:30AM TO 5:00PM
Chatham House and Online

Iraq appears to be turning a corner in its statebuilding process. With oil prices high and the security situation seemingly stable, the new government is pursuing a development plan that includes improvements to infrastructure, outreach to regional and international countries, and promises of much-needed reform.

However, over the past two decades, previous governments have attempted similar initiatives, only to see them falter. Sustainable progress requires solid foundations based on accountability.

  • Can the Sudani government successfully tackle the country’s political challenges and bring the necessary reforms to the economy, essential public services, and the security sector?

  • What steps are required to ensure that reform initiatives can sustain the peaks and troughs of Iraq’s struggle to build a coherent state?

  • How will the raging conflict in Israel and Palestine affect Iraq’s domestic dynamics and foreign policy considerations?

At Chatham House’s annual Iraq Initiative Conference, policymakers, analysts, academics and civil society members will convene in London to discuss these critical questions and Iraq’s trajectory in the year ahead.

This conference is part of Chatham House’s Iraq Initiative.

Please note places for in-person attendance are limited and will be allocated on first come, first served basis.

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