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Crisis in Kurdistan and the Future of Iraq


WHEN: Thursday, November 2, 2017 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. ET

WHERE: Bipartisan Policy Center, 1225 Eye St NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC, 20005

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Over the last several weeks, Washington has watched with growing alarm as its two principal partners in Iraq – the Kurdistan Regional Government and the central government in Baghdad – stood poised at the brink of war. Amidst fears that this conflict could destabilize Iraq, undermine the war against ISIS, and open the way for increased Iranian influence in the region, Washington has struggled to develop a coherent response to rapidly unfolding events.

A panel of experts on the region will discuss what these events mean for U.S. policy and how Washington can respond.


Mohammed al Koraji
Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of Iraq


Daniel Benaim
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Ambassador James Jeffrey
Philip Solondz Distinguished Fellow, The Washington Institute
Member, BPC Task Force on Managing Disorder in the Middle East

Michael Pregent
Adjunct Fellow, Hudson Institute

Gönül Tol
Founding Director, Center for Turkish Studies, Middle East Institute

Moderated by:

Nicholas Danforth
Senior Policy Analyst, BPC