Today’s Iraq in focus – seminaari 15.10. Helsingin yliopistolla

15.10.2015 - 15.10.2015

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 Today’s Iraq in focus

15th October, 10:00-16:30

University of Helsinki, Siltavuorenpenger 3 Athena Room 167


Iraq is a country which the world cannot ignore. Western forces are back in Iraq as its own army has not been prepared to fight the Islamic state, which has continued its expansion. Iraq’s fragmentation influences also Europe as an increasing number of Iraqi refugees escape the violence. The seminar organized by the Finnish Institute in the Middle East and the University of Helsinki looks at the recent events in Iraq in a wider context, and addresses possible modes of solution and economic prospects of the country.


Session 1 at 10:00-12:00

Iraq’s integrity, the rise of the Islamic State, the consolidation of the Kurdistan Region, and the response of Baghdad

Speaker: Gareth Stansfield, Professor of Middle East Politics and the Al-Qasimi Chair of Arab Gulf Studies at the University of Exeter, a Senior Associate Fellow with special reference to the Middle East and Islamic world at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

Comments: Wolfgang Mühlberger, Senior Research Fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)


Session 2 at 13:00-14:30

Consociation as a conflict resolution arrangement in the Middle East

Speaker: Hannu Juusola, Professor of Semitic Languages and Cultures at the University of Helsinki

Comments: Ilkka Uusitalo, Senior Adviser at the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI)


Coffee break


Session 3 at 15:00-16:30

The Economic situation in Iraq

Speaker: Kari Norkonmaa, Independent International Affairs Professional who specializes in economy and trade


Closing comments by Dr Saad A.W. Jawad Kindeel, Ambassador of Iraq to Finland




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