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Iraq: Making a State During Civil War
October 3, 2005

The Persian Gulf Initiative partnered with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., to present a discussion about the complex task of building a new state in the turbulent state that is current-day Iraq. Among the topics addressed were the drafting of the Iraqi constitution, the contributions to democratization by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the relationships between and within Iraq's ethic groups, notions of identity in Iraq, and the relationship between Iraq's economy and state-building efforts.

Woodrow Wilson Center summary


John Tirman,
MIT Center for International Studies (moderator)

Barbara Bodine,
Executive Director, Governance Initiative in the Middle East,
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Rajiv Chandrasekaran,
Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center

Brendan O'Leary,
Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

Robert E. Looney,
Professor of National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School

Isam al-Khafaji,
Professor, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands


Massachusetts Institute of Technology