Pre-Forum:  Monday, 25 October 2021

16:00  Registration Open. Covid Rapid Test is available and its certificate is valid for the rest of the conference (Free of charge).

18:00 Reception (For registrants only).

Day 1:  Tuesday, 26 October 2021

08:00  Registration & Covid Test
10:00  Welcome and Introduction
10:15  MERI’s statement: Dlawer Ala’Aldeen, President of MERI

10:30  Session 1: Iraq’s Changing Political Landscape: The Challenge of Forming a Government and Making Iraq Work for All

  • Ameer Al-Kinani, The Political Commission of the Sadrist Movement
  • Jafar Eminki, Kurdistan Democratic Party
  • Muzahim Al-Khayat, Newly Elected Member of Parliament, Taqadum Coalition
  • Khalid Shwani, Patriotic Union of Kurdistan
  • Hiwa Othman, Journalist (Moderator)

12:30  Lunch
14:00  Session 2: Global Support for Stability and State-Building in Iraq: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Matthew H. Tueller, US Ambassador to Iraq
  • Martin Jaeger, German Ambassador to Iraq
  • Ulric Shannon, Canadian Ambassador to Iraq
  • Sarhang Hamasaeed, United States Institute of Peace, USA.
  • Farhad Alaaldin, Chairman of Iraq Advisory Council (Moderator)

15:15  Break
16:15  Session 3: Iraq and Kurdistan Region in a Complex Neighbourhood.

  • Nechirvan Barzani, President of Kurdistan Region of Iraq
  • Bilal Wahab, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (Moderator)

17:15 Final Words
17:30 End of Day 1

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Day 2: Wednesday, 27 October 2021

08:00  Registration and Covid Test (for new attendants)
09:00  Session 4: Regional Actors in Iraq’s Neighbourhood: Visions for Stabilisation and Forging a Workable Regional Order.

  • Ali Reza Guney, Turkey’s Ambassador to Iraq.
  • Seyed Kazim Sajjadpour, Advisor to the Foreign Minister and former Director of the Institute for Political & International Studies, Iran.
  • Kamaran Palani, The Middle East Research Institute (Moderator)

10:30 Break
11:00  Session 5: Global Actors in Iraq’s Neighbourhood: Policies & Long Term Strategies.

  • Jennifer Gavito, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iran and Iraq, USA
  • Elbrus Kutrashev, Russian Ambassador to Iraq
  • Adil Bakawan, Director of the French Center for Research on Iraq (CFRI).
  • Tanya Gilli-Khaylani, Former Member of Iraqi Parliament (Moderator)

12:30  Lunch
14:00  Session 6: The Role of the Banking Sector in the Economic Recovery.

  • Ammar Hamad Khalaf, Deputy Governor of Central Bank, Iraq
  • Wadeea Al-Handhal, Chairman, Iraqi Private Banks League.
  • Hamela Gardi, President, Region Trade Bank for Investment and Finance.
  • Ahmed Tabaqcheli, Chief Strategist Asia Frontier Capital Iraq Fund

15:45  Break
16:30  Session 7: The KRG looking forward: Strategies, Challenges and Opportunities.

  • Masrour Barzani, Prime Minister, Kurdistan Regional Government
  • Amberin Zaman, Journalist, Al Monitor, (Moderator)

17:30  Concluding Remarks
17:45 End of MERI Forum 2021