Iraq in Crisis: Understanding the Challenges Confronting the Nation (Particpate via video-conference)

03 Sep 2014


Iraq in Crisis: Understanding the Challenges Confronting
the Nation
Raed Jarrar
Policy Impact Coordinator,
American Friends Service Committee
Adil Shamoo
Associate Fellow,
Institute for Policy Studies
Sami Albanna
Iraq Analyst & Commentator
Wednesday, 3 September 2014
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
The Palestine Center

After an invasion and occupation in 2003, Iraq has faced many challenges stemming from regime change, sectarianism and political division. Today, Iraq reels from the emergence and advance of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria which has entered and controlled large swaths of Iraqi territory leaving death and destruction in its wake. It has further targeted many traditional Iraqi minority communities. The United States is once again conducting air strikes in Iraq after withdrawing combat troops who were there for nearly a decade on the ground and there is no clear end in sight for this renewed military involvement. Shifts in leaders have also taken place, possibly advancing prospects for a more unified Iraqi political establishment. Analysts Raed Jarrar, Adil Shamoo and Sami Albanna will explore all of these issues and more in this panel briefing.

Raed Jarrar, serves as AFSC’s Policy Impact Coordinator at the Office of Public Policy and Advocacy in Washington, D.C. Since his immigration to the U.S. in 2005, he has worked on political and cultural issues pertaining to U.S. engagement in the Arab and Muslim worlds. He is widely recognized as an expert on political, social, and economic developments in the Middle East. He has testified in numerous Congressional hearings and briefings, and he is also a frequent guest on national and international media outlets in both Arabic and English. Born in Baghdad to an Iraqi mother and a Palestinian father, Raed Jarrar grew up in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Iraq. He received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Baghdad, and his master’s degree in architecture, with a specialty in post-war reconstruction in Iraq, from the University of Jordan.

Adil E. Shamoo, a professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine, is an Institute for Policy Studies associate fellow and a Foreign Policy In Focus senior analyst. He is the author of: Equal Worth - When Humanity Will Have Peace. Shamoo has written and edited 16 books on science and bioethics and his op-eds have run in many newspapers, including the Christian Science Monitor and The Baltimore Sun. Shamoo was born in Baghdad, Iraq and obtained his BSc at University of Baghdad, an MSc at University of Louisville, and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York. You can read his writings on:

Sami Albanna is President & Managing Consultant of Albanna Business & Systems Consulting, which provides consulting services in business transformation & enterprise architecture. Sami was, until April 2014, the Director of the CSC Solutions Leadership Institute responsible for developing talent to lead solutions for business & technology transformation of large complex multi-technology systems. Prior to CSC, Sami was the Director of Knowledge Management Systems in the global management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company. Sami was a member of the faculty of the School of Engineering at Columbia University, NYC. He holds a Doctor of Engineering Science degree (with honors) from Columbia University. Born in Baghdad to Iraqi parents, Sami completed his K-12 and Engineering degrees in Baghdad. As an executive consultant to government, business, and non-government organizations, he served more than 30 countries spanning the globe.

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Event Date: 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Sponsored By: 
Jerusalem Fund
Washington DC (can also particpate anywhere with computer access)
Target Audience: 
General Public
Presenter Type: 
Independent Consultant