Building Security in Iraq: Challenges After the Election

A hybrid conference supported by NATO Public Diplomacy Division (PDD)
Academic Partner: American University of Iraq, Sulaimani

On 14 December 2021, CIFE organises a hybrid conference in Nice - with the support of the NATO Public Policy Division (PDD) and in academic partnership with the American University of Iray, Sulaimani - on the topic "Building Security in Iraq: Challenges After the Election".
We look forward to an enriching debate with diplomats, academics, journalists and students.  
To participate please contact us via email to or register here

Programme - 14 December 2021

Morning session

09:30 – 10:20 Welcoming remarks

  • Matthias Waechter, Director General, CIFE
  • Wolfgang Hinck, Vice President of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani
  • NATO and Iraq’ 
    Ronald Sonnemans, Dutch Diplomat, Former Policy Advisor to the NATO Mission,
    Senior Advisor on Iraq and Global Coalition against Daesh at NATO Headquarters

10:20 – 11:30 Stability after the Election

  • Gregor Jaecke, Head of KAS Office Syria/Iraq
  • Huda Al-Nuaimy, Fellow, Trends Research, UAE
  • Harem Jaafer Mustafa, Member of the PM consultancy team, Kurdistan regional government (KRG)

 Moderated by George Tzogopoulos, Lecturer and Senior Fellow, CIFE

11:30 – 11:50 Coffee Break

11:50 – 13:20 Perspectives on Iraq (part A) 

  • Silvia Menegazzi, Professor, Luiss University
  • Susann Heinecke, Director of the trilingual Master MAEIS – European Policy and Governance, CIFE 
  • James Dorsey, Senior Fellow, Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore
  • Giuseppe Dentice, Head of MENA Desk, the Center for International Studies (CESI)

Moderated by Matteo Bressan, Lecturer, Lumsa University

13:20 – 14:30 Lunch

Afternoon session

14:30 – 16:00 Perspectives on Iraq (part B)

  • Maha Aziz, Professor, New York University
  • Hamidreza Azizi Fellow, SWP
  • Aylin Unver Noi, Associate Professor, Halic University
  • Luca Ratti, Professor, American University of Rome

Moderated by Savannah Lane, Fellow, Turkish Heritage Organization 

16:00 – 16:15 Coffee Break

16:15 – 17:30 France and Iraq 

A debate with Jean-Antoine Giansily, CIFE Vice-President,
Aude Thomas, Research Fellow, Foundation for Strategic Research,
and Nicolas Crocy, Research Analyst
In French, with interpretation


The conference will take place in full respect of social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. According to French legislation, all participants need to present a health pass, proving that they are either a) fully vaccinated, or b) have undergone a negative PCR or antigen test within max 24 hours, or c) have recovered from COVID-19 (min. 15 days, max. 6 months).


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