“Iraq After ISIL (Da’esh): A Case for Cautious Optimism?”, a Conversation with Mina Al-Oraibi

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2018•03•29    18:30 - 19:30

    On 29 March 2018, UNU will host “Iraq After ISIL (Da’esh): A Case for Cautious Optimism?”, a conversation with Mina Al-Oraibi, Editor-in-Chief of The National (United Arab Emirates). This event will start at 6:30 p.m. at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    After former President Saddam Hussein was ousted 15 years ago, a security vacuum ensued in Iraq that is yet to be stemmed. Various groups, chief among them the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), have in the interim contributed to disorder and turmoil in the country. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi monumentally declared on 10 December 2017, the end of the country’s war against ISIL (Da’esh). Nonetheless, the government must navigate through the ongoing crisis between Baghdad and Erbil, as well as the challenges of weakened state structures, militias, unemployment, and ineffective governance. Simultaneously, Iraq must also avoid being affected by external factors such as the continued situation in Syria and regional power gambits. How can a society plagued by a myriad of perilous obstacles reconstruct itself?

    Ms Al-Oraibi will join Ms Cale Salih, Research Officer at the UNU Centre for Policy Research, for a conversation examining Iraq, a country which has sought for, yet struggled to attain any semblance of stability and security for over a decade.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 28 March) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speaker

    Mina Al-Oraibi is Editor-in-Chief of The National, a daily English-language regional newspaper based in Abu Dhabi. An Iraqi-British journalist, she has over 15 years of experience covering politics and current affairs in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Previously, Ms Al-Oraibi was Senior Fellow at the Institute for State Effectiveness, a Yale World Fellow, and Assistant Editor-in-Chief of Asharq Alawsat, an international Arab-language daily newspaper. In her journalistic capacity she has, notably, covered the Geneva peace talks on Syria and interviewed former US President Barack Obama, former US Secretary of State John Kerry, and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi.

    Ms Al-Oraibi has both an MA and BA in Modern History from University College London.


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