HIWARAAT CONFERENCE SERIES
The Invasion of Iraq: Regional Reflections
September 14-16, 2023
The 2003 invasion of Iraq marked a critical turning point in America’s relationship with Iraq and its neighboring countries, a region of strategic importance encompassing vital energy and military interests, and reshaped its diplomatic relations worldwide. Held on September 14-16, 2023, at the Four Seasons, Doha, this conference was convened by the Dean of Georgetown University in Qatar, Dr. Safwan Masri, in collaboration with the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS). Taking a regional perspective, the gathering of experts from around the world provided an opportunity to reflect on the many geopolitical and socioeconomic consequences of the conflict that continue to reverberate across the globe twenty years later.
Day 1: Welcome and Opening Remarks
Zahra Babar, Center for International and Regional Studies, GU-Q
Edward Kolla, Faculty Chairperson, GU-Q
In Conversation with Barham Salih
Discussion with Peter Harling, founder and director of Synaps Network, on Iraq’s transformation over the past 20 years, and what it means for the future.
Opening Panel Discussion
The Iraq War and Global Diplomacy
Al Jazeera Presenter Laila Al-Shaikhli hosted an in-depth conversation with Ambassadors Timmy Davis and Johnathan Wilks, on US and UK engagement in Iraq and its aftermath.
Day 2: Breakfast with Ayman
Through a series of short interviews conducted by MSNBC news show host Ayman Mohyeldin, this breakfast show format offered an engaging look into current issues in Iraq.
Covering Iraq: 20 Years On
Journalists and authors discuss the pitfalls of covering Iraq.
Iraqi Political Landscape
Scholars and analysts reveal what the data says about politics in Iraq.
Author Reading and Discussion
Irada Al-Jubori, Assistant Professor and Associate Dean for Scientific Affairs at the College of Mass Communication, University of Baghdad, offere da reading from her short story “A Paper Nest,” a poignant tale chronicling the tragic life of an Iraqi woman following the Iraq war.
Concurrent Sessions: In the Neighborhood
Three concurrent panels discussed the views and experiences of the Iraq war and its aftermath from the perspective of its neighboring countries, including Iraq’s changing relationship with its largest neighbors and the view from Qatar.
Iraq and its Neighbors: Iran, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia
In the Neighborhood: Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine
Day 3: Concurrent Sessions
Beyond the Neighborhood
Building on the previous concurrent session, these panels discussed the broader global effects of the invasion of Iraq, including the Arab Spring movements, and shifting relations with Europe, Russia, and China.
Arab Spring Connections: Tunisia, Sudan, Libya, Egypt, and Syria
The View from Europe: European International Relations since the US Invasion of Iraq
This concurrent session looked at three areas of cross-cutting rising interest and concern in the aftermath of the Iraq invasion, including the rise of extremism, the lasting effects of the war on Iraqi women, and what good governance looks like moving forward.
The Emergence of Da’esh
Iraqi Women Post-US Invasion
US Foreign Policy towards the Region: The Bush Presidency and Beyond
In this closing plenary moderated by GU-Q Faculty Chairperson Edward Kolla, policy experts, analysts, and historians discuss what the US may have learned from the invasion of Iraq, and what this means for its foreign policy today.