This AGSIW panel will discuss the state of relations between the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and Iraq. How do Gulf countries view Iraq’s evolving regional role? What role might they play in reshaping Iraq’s domestic landscape, particularly the crucial struggle against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, and bolstering its political stability? Besides counterterrorism and trade, what other opportunities for cooperation and strengthened ties can be explored? Can Iraq reassure GCC states regarding its relationship with Iran, or even use them as a counterweight to Iranian pressure? Could Baghdad help mediate between Tehran and its GCC rivals? What is the Gulf interest in the Kurdish question, and its impact on other regional concerns, including Syria? How does American policy factor into these and other questions?
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Dlawer Ala’Aldeen is the founding president of the Middle East Research Institute, a policy research institute and think tank based in Erbil, Iraq. Between 2009 and 2012, he was the minister of higher education and scientific research in the Kurdistan Regional Government, where he led an ambitious reform program to modernize the higher education system in Kurdistan. He was previously a professor of medicine at Nottingham University in the United Kingdom. He has been engaged in capacity building and nation building projects in Iraq since 1992 and has published extensively on the political dynamics, governance systems, and democratization in the Middle East and Iraq, and Kurdistan in particular. He is the author of Nation Building and the System of Self-Governance in Kurdistan Region and Lobbying for a Stateless Nation.
Luay al-Khatteeb is the executive director of the Iraq Energy Institute, fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy (Columbia University-SIPA), co-founder of Iraq Heritage, and honorary advisor to the Federal Parliament of Iraq on energy and economy. His experience spans over 20 years in business development and public policy with executive capacities as director and senior advisor to various international oil companies, commercial banks, and management consulting firms. Additionally, al-Khatteeb is an active participant and contributor to the Brookings Institution (as a former foreign policy fellow), Chatham House, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and the Revenue Watch Institute. His writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Al-Monitor, CNN, MEES, the Petroleum-Economist, About-Oil by AGI, The Oil & Gas Year, and The National.
Toby Dodge is the director of the London School of Economics Middle East Centre, a professor of international relations at LSE, and a senior consulting fellow for the Middle East at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. His research concentrates on the evolution of the post-colonial state in the international system, with a focus on the Middle East and Iraq. He is the author of Iraq: From War to a New Authoritarianism, among other publications.
Denise Natali is a distinguished research fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University where she specializes on the Middle East, Iraq, transborder Kurdish issues, and post-conflict stabilization. She joined INSS in January 2011 as the Minerva Chair, following more than two decades of researching and working in the Kurdish regions of Iraq, Turkey, Iran, and Syria. Natali is the author of numerous publications, op-eds, and short analyses on Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Kurds, and countering the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Her books include: The Kurdish Quasi-State: Development and Dependency in Post-Gulf War Iraq, and The Kurds and the State: Evolving National Identity in Iraq, Turkey and Iran, which was the recipient of the Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title. She is currently writing a second edition of The Kurds and the State to include chapters on Syria.
Mohammed Alyahya is a nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. His writing and analysis has appeared on Al Arabiya, Al-Monitor, The Huffington Post, U.S. News, BBC, Al Jazeera, CCTV America, and other outlets. Among other affiliations, he was an associate fellow at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies and a member of the advisory board at the “Future Trends in the Gulf Region” project at Chatham House.
Hussein Ibish is a senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. He is a weekly columnist for The National (UAE) and a monthly contributing writer for The International New York Times. Ibish is also a regular contributor to many other U.S. and Middle Eastern publications. He has made thousands of radio and television appearances and was the Washington, DC correspondent for The Daily Star (Beirut). Ibish previously served as a senior fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine, and executive director of the Hala Salaam Maksoud Foundation for Arab-American Leadership from 2004-09. From 1998-2004, Ibish served as communications director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. He has a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.