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Iraq on the International Stage: Foreign Policy and National Identity in Transition

Chatham House, London

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Participants

Dr Ghanim Al-Jumaily, Ambassador of Iraq to Saudi Arabia
Jane Kinninmont, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Dr Phebe Marr, Historian of Modern Iraq, Middle East Institute
Professor Gareth Stansfield, Director, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter
Chair: Omar Sirri, Research Assistant, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House

Overview

As Iraq emerges from the shadow of war and occupation, it has sought to regain influence as a major actor in an ever-more volatile region. Though the 'new Iraq' attempts to project an independent foreign policy, renewed instability and violence inside the country has challenged the state's ability to develop a coherent and unified foreign policy stance.

Jane Kinninmont and Gareth Stansfield will present the findings of their new report which explores how foreign policy in Iraq today is developed and implemented, and analyses the extent to which Iraq's foreign policy aims are identifiable, independent and national in nature. They will also engage in a wider discussion with an expert panel on Iraqi foreign policy, particularly towards the conflict in Syria and how issues in neighbouring states are intertwined with domestic Iraqi politics.