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Kurdistan and Iraq's premier forum dedicated to peace and stability in the Middle East.

The Middle East in an Emerging International Order: Old Threats, New Realities?

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16. November. 2022


Opening Remarks

Dr. Randall Rhodes, President, American University of Kurdistan 


09:10 – 09:40

Keynote Speeches       

H.E. Dr Fuad Hussein, Foreign Minister, Federal Republic of Iraq

Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, American University of Kurdistan; Former U.S. Special Envoy



09:40 - 11:10

Session One | Economic Reforms & Human Security: Pathways to Prosperity   



Dr. Kamaran Palani, Iraq Policy Group 



Mr. Sarhang Hamasaeed, United States Institute of Peace

Ms. Mary Fitzgerald, King’s College London

Dr. Jessica Obeid, Middle East Institute

Ambassador Ramon Blecua, Spanish Foreign Ministry 

Dr. Jiyar Aghapouri, American University of Kurdistan


Questions and Discussion

11:10 – 11:30.  Refreshments


11:30 - 13:00

Session Two | New Threats, Old Realities? The Future of the West in the Middle East 




Dr. Ariel Ahram, Crisis Response Council



Dr. Federica Saini Fasanotti, Institute for International Political Studies

Dr. Annette Idler, Oxford University

Dr. Hassan Ahmadian, University of Tehran

Dr. Jon Alterman, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Dr. Frederic Wehrey, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Questions and Discussion

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch


14:15 - 15:15


Session Three | COP 27 & The Climate Crisis: Can the Region Come Together? 



Dr. Dalia Dassa Kaye, Burkle Center, University of California, Los Angeles  



Ms. Caroline Rose, NewLines Institute

Dr. Neil Qulliam, Chatham House

Mr. Peter Schwartzstein, The Wilson Center

Dr. Aisha al-Sarihi, National University of Singapore 


Questions and Discussions


15:15 – 15:30 Refreshments


15:30 – 17:00


Session Four | China, Russia & the United States: Great Power Competition in the Middle East



Mr. Eric Brown, Hudson Institute



Dr. Abdullah Baabood, Waseda University, Oman

Dr. Nikolay Kozhanov, Qatar University

Ms. Anna Jacobs, International Crisis Group  

Dr. Joseph Bahout, Issam Fares Institute, American University of Beirut


Questions and Discussion


Closing Remarks 

Dr. Honar Issa, AUK

17. November. 2022


Welcoming Remarks

Dr. Honar Issa, American University of Kurdistan


09:05 – 09:50

Keynote Speeches


H.E. Nechirvan Barzani, President, Kurdistan Region

H.E. Latif Rashid, President, PresidentFederal Republic of Iraq

H.E. Mohammed Al-Habousi, Speaker of the Parliament, Federal Republic of Iraq


09:50 - 11:20


Session One| Iraq’s New Government: What Next for Country & Region?   



Ms. Tanya Gilly Khailany, SEED Foundation; Former Member of the Iraqi Parliament



H.E. Rebar Ahmed, Interior Minister, Kurdistan Region

H.E. Mala Baxtiyar, Patriotic Union of Kurdistan

H.E. Qasim al-Araji, Former Interior Ministry, Federal Republic of Iraq

Dr. Adel Bakawan, French Research Centre on Iraq


11:20 – 11:50    Refreshments


11:50 – 13:20

Session Two | De-Escalation & War: Is Peace in Iraq & the Middle East Possible? 



Dr. Morgan Kaplan, Crisis Response Council



H.E. Hoshyar Zebari, Former Foreign Minister, Iraq

Dr. Dalia Dassa Kaye, Burkle Center, University of California, Los Angeles

Ambassador Alina L. Romanowski, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq

Ambassador Mark Bryson-Richardson, U.K. Ambassador to Iraq


Questions and Discussion 



13:20 – 14:20 Lunch

14:20 – 15:50

Session Three | Special Conversation with H.E. Prime Minister Barzani



Dr. Karen Young, Columbia University



H.E. Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, Kurdistan Region


Questions and Discussion


15:50 – 16:00 Refreshments


16:00 - 17:30        


Session Four | Restoring Order in the Region: Are External Actors Part of the Solution?



Dr. Muhannad Seloom, Doha Institute



Dr. Christine Cheng, King’s College London

Dr. Yasmine Farouk, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Mr. Adnan Tabatabai, CARPO, Germany

Dr. Saban Kardas, Qatar University; TOBB University, Turkey


Closing Remarks

Dr. Honar Issa, AUK


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