SOAS University of London

London Middle East Institute

Difficult Transition: Iraq's Road to Democracy, 10 Years On


Date: 2 March 2013Time: 10:00 AM

Finishes: 2 March 2013Time: 4:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Conference

This one-day conference will bring together academics, policy-makers, politicians, journalists and civic organisations from both inside and outside of Iraq to examine the country’s experiences with democratic governance since the fall of the Baath regime in April 2003. The relationship between democracy and the country’s political, social and cultural trends will be explored from retrospective, current and prospective angles.

Distinguished speakers include:

  • Professor Nadje Al-Ali (SOAS)
  • Mr Farsat Ahmed Abdullah (Secretary of Kurdistan Parliament) 
  • Dr Toby Dodge (LSE) 
  • Mr Ovidiu Hagima (Rule of Law Expert, Romanian Ministry of Justice) 
  • Dr Ed Harriman (Writer and Investigative Journalist) 
  • Mr Kamran Karadaghi (Former Chief of Staff to Iraqi President, Jalal Talabani) 
  • Ms Yvonne Lodico (Head of UNITAR and UN Special Advisor) 
  • Dr Mowaffak Al-Rubaie (Former Iraqi National Security Advisor) 
  • Dr Nabeel Yasin (Chairman, the International Committee to Support Iraqi Democracy)


Panel Discussions

10:15 – 11:45    The Iraqi Constitution and the Rule of Law
13:00 – 14:30    The Sociology of Power and its Effects
15:00 – 16.30     Ideology and Conflict in the Iraqi Political Process

Tea and coffee reception from 09.15am

To register, please e-mail your name and affiliation to

Suggested donation of £5 welcome to cover the costs of the Conference.

Organiser: London Middle East Institute and the International Committee to Support Iraqi Democracy (ICSID).

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