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Iraq Today: Prospects for peace and stability

May 25, 20177:00 p.m.
MADRID
Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
In Spanish and Arabic, with simultaneous translation.

The Embassy of Iraq in Spain and Casa Árabe have organized this conference by Iraq’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Al Jaaffary.

The event will be presented by Pedro Villena, the General Director of Casa Árabe, along with Iraq’s chargé d’affaires, Ali Shimran Hachem.

Iraq is an important focal point for stability in the Middle East. In the words of veteran journalist Patrick Cockburn, it is in Iraq where “the Middle East’s tectonic plates run into each other.” Since the First Gulf War held such a prominent place in the international news, and more specifically since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, with ithe reconstruction of Iraq’s institutions by one government after the other and the uprise of organized extremism, the country has become a point of reference for evaluating advancements and setbacks in the region. The country’s infrastructure has been recovering in some regions, as society remains divided by insecurity and mistrust. Though Daesh is losing the war militarily, Iraq faces many challenges in the near future: defeating sectarianism to restore the country’s social fabric, improving governance and creating jobs to deter recruitment into militias, and reducing the high levels of corruption, as well as others. Iraq’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Al Jaafari, will be discussing the prospects for peace and stability in his country at Casa Árabe. 



Ibrahim Al Jaafari (Karbala, Iraq, 1947) has been the Republic of Iraq’s Minister of Foreign Affairs since 2014. With a bachelor’s degree in Medicine, he was named the first President of the Governing Council in 2003, and just one year later he became the Vice-President of the Republic. In the general elections on January 30, 2005, he was elected Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq. From 2006 to 2014, he was a member of the Iraqi Parliament, and since 2010 he has been the president of the National Iraqi Alliance, the country’s largest parliamentary group.
Iraq Today: Prospects for peace and stability