This programme remains provisional, subject to minor changes.

Day 1:  3rd November, 2015
13.oo Registration & Welcome

14.00 Session 1:  The Future of Kirkuk: A Roadmap for Resolving the Status of the Province

  Samuel Morris, Middle East Research Institute (Chair)
  Hasan Toran, Member of Parliament, Iraq
  Rakan Saeed Aljobouri, Deputy Governor of Kirkuk
  Khalid Shwani, Advisor to the President of Iraq
  Daniel Augstburger, Head of UNAMI in Kirkuk

16.00 Break

16.30 Session 2: The Protection of Civilians and the Application of International Humanitarian Law (Joint session with Geneva Call)

  Hervé Delphin, Head of EU Humanitarian aid Programmes in the Middle-East (Chair)
  Lise Grande, Deputy UN-SRSG & Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq
  Pascal Bonyard, Director of Policy, Geneva Call
  Jabar Yawar, Secretary General of the Ministry of Peshmarga, KRG
  Youssef Al-Kelabi,   Security Spokesperson for Hashd Al-Shaabi

18.15  End of Day One

Day 2:  4th November, 2015
08.oo Registration & Welcome

09.00 Session 3: Winning the war against ISIS: Visions and Strategies

   Athanasios Manis, Research Fellow, MERI  (Chair)
   Qubad Talabani, Deputy Prime Minister, Kurdistan Regional Government
   Stuart Jones, United States Ambassador to Iraq
   David Pollock, Washington Institute, USA
   Sherwan Al-Waili, Security Advisor to the President of Iraq

11.00  Break

11.30   Session 4: Population Displacement Crisis: Consequences and Political Solutions

   Lise Grande, Deputy UN-SRSG & Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq (Chair)
   Darbaz (Jasim) Mohammed, Minister of Migration & Displacement, Iraq
   Ali Sindi, Minister of Planning, Kurdistan Regional Government
   Belinda Lewis, Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy

13.15  Lunch

14.30  Session 5: Iraq and the Middle East

  Dlawer Ala’Aldeen, President of MERI (Chair)

5a: The future of Iraq: Democracy, Rule of Law and Institutional Reform
  Salim Al Jabouri, Speaker of Parliament, Iraq
  Barham Salih, Former Prime Minister of Kurdistan Region

5b: The future of Turkish-KRG relations: 
  Nechirvan Barzani, Prime Minister, Kurdistan Region of Iraq
  Feridun H. Sinirlioğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Turkey

17.30  End of Day Two

Day 3:  5th November, 2015  (8.00-17.00)
08.oo  Registration & Welcome

09.00  Session 6: The Iran nuclear deal and its impact on regional dynamics

   Jane Arraf, Journalist (Chair)
   John Jenkin, International Institute for Strategic Studies, Bahrain
   Ken Pollack, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institute, USA
   Alireza Miryousefi, Director for Middle East Studies, IPIS, Iran

10.45   Break

11.15: Session 7: The Challenges of Keeping Iraq United

  Tanya Gilli, Former Member of Iraqi Parliament (Chair)
  Brendan O’Leary, Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, USA
  Baqir Jabir Al-Zubaidi, Minister of Transportation, Iraq
  Khalid Yassin Al-Obeidi, Defence Minister, Iraq
  Farhad Alaaldin, Political Advisor to the President of Iraq

13.00  Lunch

14.00    Session 8: Internal and External Crisis Facing Kurdistan: Challenges and Opportunities

  Mohammed Faraj, Leader of Kurdistan Islamic Union
  Ali Bapeer, Leader of Kurdistan Islamic Group
  Roj Noori Shawias, Polit Bureau Member of Kurdistan Democratic Party
  Adnan Mufti, Polit Bureau Member of Patriotic Union of Kurdistan
  Shorsh Haji, A leader in Gorran Movement

16.30  Concluding remarks.

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