Iraq: 20 years on




This event brings together three exciting speakers to examine the politics of Iraq twenty years after the US invasion. After the fall of the Saddam Hussein regime, idealistic promises of a democratic future dissolved into a corrosive military occupation and a brutal sectarianised civil war. The new political system has been marred by corruption, poor governance, and endless deadlock. Public trust in the state is weak, and Iraqi citizens have demanded change through waves of protest movements. 

Our speakers draw on their research and their experience on the ground in Iraq to consider the legacy of the invasion and the complex failings of the current political system. 

This is the first in a series of events this year by BISA's International Studies of the Mediterranean, Middle East and Asia Working Group.

Our speakers for this event are:

Dr Balsam Mustafa, University of Warwick

Dr Fanar Haddad, University of Copenhagen

Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, journalist at The Guardian and author of A Stranger in Your Own City: Travels in the Middle East’s Long War

The event will be chaired by Dr Rory McCarthy of Durham University.


Registration will close two hours before the event begins.

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