Stimson – The Difficult Road Ahead: Stabilizing Iraq and the Gulf Region

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Event in Brief: 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. Breakfast will be served. Read more here.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

The Stimson Center
1211 Connecticut Ave, NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20036

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Ambassador Lincoln P. Bloomfied, Jr., Distinguished Fellow and Chairman Emeritus, Stimson Center

Ellen Laipson, Distinguished Fellow and President Emeritus, Stimson Center

Richard Burchill, Director of Research, TRENDS Research & Advisory

Additional speakers to be announced.

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 will address 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.