This event is held in association with The International New York Times.
In recent months, the Islamic State has made sweeping military advances and Baghdad has been paralyzed by political infighting. This discussion focuses on the viability of Iraqi state itself and the ethnosectarian tensions that seem to be pulling the country toward a renewed civil war. Will the formation of a new government headed by Haider al-Abadi prevent the break-up of the country? What would an inclusive political solution look like - and will the Kurds want to be part of it? Can international involvement reverse the Islamic State’s gains on the battlefield? And how does Iraq fit in to the broader conflict in the Middle East?