Provisional Programme Subject to minor changes

Tuesday, 2 May 2023

13:00    Registration Open Roundtable Sessions: By Invitation Only

14:00  Welcome and Introduction 14:05  Roundtable 1: Six months into Government: Challenges and Progress

  • Aqeel Al-Khaz’ali, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Iraq
  • Salih Dhumad, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Iraq
  • Hussein Allawi, Advisor for Security Sector Reform in the Prime Minister’s Office
  • Abbas Al-Amiri, Iraqi Institute for Dialogue
  • Ali Nasir, Al-Nahrain Centre for Strategic Studies (Moderator)

15:45   Break

16:15  Policy Debate: The US Strategies in Iraq and the Wider Region

  • Barbara Leaf, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, USA
  • Dlawer Ala’Aldeen, President of MERI (Moderator)

17:00  Panel Switch

17:10  Roundtable 2: International Partnership: Perceptions, Aspirations & Barriers (Chatham House Rules Apply)

  • Lukman Faily, Iraqi Ambassador to Germany
  • Mark Bryson, British Ambassador to Iraq
  • Eric Chevallier, French Ambassador to Iraq
  • Minujahir Mohammedi, International Relations, University of Tehran, Iran
  • Randa Slim, Middle East Institute, USA (Moderator)

18:45    Summary and final words *    *   *

Wednesday, 3 May 2023

08:00   Registration

09:00   Welcome

09:10   The Organiser’s introduction

  • Dlawer Ala’Aldeen, President, Middle East Research Institute

09:30 S1 – Tackling Corruption and Reforming the Financial System

  • Ali Allaq, Governor of Central Bank
  • Haider Hanoon, Chairman of Integrity Committee, Iraq
  • Shwan Ibrahim Taha, Chairman of Rabee Security (Moderator) 

10:45 Break

11:15 S2 – Investment & Diversification: Transforming Iraq’s Economy

  • Mohammed Ali Timim, Minister of Planning
  • Salar Mohammed Amin, National Commission for Investment
  • Mohammed Al-Najjar, Advisor to the Prime Minister
  • Mohammed Al-Egaily, Al-Nahrain Centre for Strategic Studies (Moderator) 

12:30  Panel Switch

12:40 S3 – Iraq’s Water & Environment: Time to Act & Avert a Catastrophe

  • Awn Thiab Abdulla, Minister of Water Resources, Iraq
  • Fareed Yaseen, Iraq’s Climate Envoy
  • Benjamin Thomson, Economic Counselor, US Embassy in Iraq
  • Zeinab Shuker, Sam Houston State University, USA (Moderator)

13:50  Lunch

15:00 S4- Iraq’s Energy Sector: Key Challenges & Future Strategies

  • Hayan Abdulghani Al-Sawad, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Oil
  • Qubad Talabani, Deputy Prime Minister of Kurdistan Region of Iraq
  • Ziad Ali Fadhil Al-Rizij, Minister of Electricity
  • Abdulla Al-Qadi, Crescent Petroleum, UAE
  • Lizzie Porter, Journalist, Iraq Oil Report (Moderator)

16:15  Break

16:45 S5 – State-building in the Eyes of Iraq’s Political Leaders: Open Debates 


18:15   End of Day *    *   *

Thursday, 4 May 2023

08:00 Registration 09:30 Welcome

09:35 S6 – Iraq in the Middle East: Zero-Problem with Neighbours

  • Maha Yahya, Carnegie Middle East, Lebanon
  • Sayed Kazim Sajjadpour, Institute for Political and International Studies, Iran
  • Hisham Al-Ghannam, Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, Saudi Arabia
  • Bilgay Duman, ORSAM, Turkey
  • Hafsa Halawa, Middle East Institute, USA (Moderator)

11:05 Panel Switch

11:15 S7 – State-Building in Iraq and the Role of the International Community

  • Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Special Representative of the Secretary General, UN
  • Farhad Alaaldin, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Iraq
  • Randa Slim, Middle East Institute, USA (Moderator)

12:00 Break

12:30 S8 – Modernisation and Reform of Iraqi Security and Armed Forces: In Theory and Practice

  • Abdul-Amir Kamil Al-Shummary, Minister of Interior
  • Qasim Al-Araji, National Security Advisor
  • Khalid Al-Yaqoubi, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Iraq
  • Thomas Röwekamp MP, Member of the German Parliament
  • Suadad al-Salhy, Senior correspondent, Middle East Eye (Moderator)

13:45  Lunch

14:45 S9 – Stability in Diversity: Saving Iraq’s multi-cultural Identity: Sinjar as an Exemplar

  • Mayan Khairy Saeed Beg, Khatoon of Yezidis
  • EvanFaiq Jabro, Minister of Migration and Displaced
  • Claudio Cordone, Deputy SRSG, UNAMI, Iraq
  • Sarhang Hamasaeed, United States Institute of Peace, USA (Speaker/Moderator)

16:00 Break

16:30 S10 – The Kurdistan Region: A Substate Actor on the National and International Stage

  • Nechirvan Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq
  • Ranya Al-Attar, BBC Arabic (Moderator)

17:25 Panel Switch

17:35 S11 – Iraq’s Immediate Policy Priorities and the Challenges ahead

  • Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani, Prime Minister of Iraq
  • Dlawer Ala’Aldeen, President of MERI (Moderator)

18:30   Final Words & End of Forum