CIGI has partnered with the Henry L. Stimson Center to produce a workshop series entitled “Iraq’s New Reality.” This series of four workshops taking place between June and December 2009 will bring together various Iraqi, US and Canadian politicians, journalists and other experts to examine specific issues affecting the newly emergent post-war Iraq, particularly its relationship with the regional community and the United States.
On October 15, CIGI Senior Visiting Fellow Mokhtar Lamani and Stimson Center CEO Ellen Laipson will host a workshop at the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa to examine various aspects of the US-Iraqi relationship. The workshop will include up to ten Iraqis and ten Americans, all representing diverse perspectives. Both groups will comprise people with government experience as well as independent thought leaders who help inform and shape public opinion about this critical and evolving relationship.
This workshop is premised on the notion that the relationship between Baghdad and Washington is intrinsically important to both parties, is in an important transition, and must be managed so that both governments and societies have realistic expectations and can develop a mutually beneficial relationship in the future.