Iraq in Transition

Research event Invitation only Recording
3 October 2019 — 9:15AM TO 5:15PM
Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE

The past year has revealed promising signals of renewal in Iraq: the territorial defeat of ISIS was followed by a peaceful transition of power to a newly elected government and the country’s economic growth outlook for 2019 and beyond has been bolstered by oil prices and oil production.

However, the new government faces significant obstacles to securing the state’s long-term stability including weak institutions, a growing gap between citizens and the elite, ongoing internal armed conflict and entrenched vested interests in the conflict economy.

In order to move past the cycle of collapse and revival that has characterized Iraqi governance since 2003, a new approach is needed to forge a system that responds to the needs of the population, and in so doing, tackles the root causes of conflict.

This conference, part of the Chatham House Middle East and North Africa Programme’s Iraq Initiative, brings together political leaders, civil society leaders and other experts to critically discuss the challenges and opportunities facing those seeking to build a peaceful and prosperous Iraqi state.

The Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House is partnering with the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) and the Nahrein Network for this conference. The conference is part of the Iraq Initiative project which is sponsored by Crescent Petroleum, Nahrein Network and the Al Swaidi Family.

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