The Difficult Road Ahead: Stabilizing Iraq and the Gulf Region

19 April, 2017

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Stimson Center, Washington, DC

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TRENDS and The Stimson Center organised an on-the-record expert discussion examining what the U.S. and its regional partners in the Middle East can do to support Iraq in a way that will help ensure durable peace and stability. While the tide seems to be turning against ISIS, the security situation in Iraq and the Gulf region remains tenuous. ISIS was able to grow and develop largely due to the inability of Iraq to control its territory, and to establish effective and inclusive government to integrate Iraq’s diverse constituencies. In the context of the ongoing instability in Iraq, Iran has increased its involvement in the region’s conflicts and has been able to assert a great deal of influence over Iraqi politics.

Bringing security to Iraq is essential, and the impact of U.S. intervention continues to be felt regionally and globally. Iran, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the U.S. all have an interest in a stable, peaceful Iraq. However, even if ISIS is defeated in Iraq, the question remains whether the U.S. or the Iraqi government are prepared to “win the peace” in the long-term. This on-the-record expert discussion addressed the question of what the U.S. and its regional partners can do to support Iraq in a way that will help ensure durable peace and stability.


Brian Finlay (opening remarks), President & CEO, Stimson Center
Ambassador Fareed Yasseen, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the United States
Ambassador Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr., Distinguished Fellow and Chairman Emeritus, Stimson Center
Ellen Laipson (moderator)Distinguished Fellow and President Emeritus, Stimson Center
Richard Burchill, Director of Research, TRENDS Research & Advisory
Jay Solomon, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Wall Street Journal
Former U.S. Congressman William Enyart (IL-D) (closing remarks), Member of House Armed Services Committee, retired Maj. Gen. Illinois Army National Guard

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