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Re-thinking the Middle East

Values, Interests and Security Concerns in Western Policies toward Iraq and the Wider region, 1918–2010

Organizing team: Dr Lars Berger,  Dr Sarah Leonard, Dr Christian Kaunert, Dr Gaynor Johnson, (all Salford University)

For full details see the programme

Twice within the last one hundred years, Western
powers have tried to significantly alter the
configuration of the Middle Eastern political order.

In analysing the interactions of regional and
outside powers, this comparative and
interdisciplinary conference will bring together
political practitioners and historians, political
scientists, and international relations scholars.

Keynote lectures will be delivered by Professor
Charles Tripp (SOAS) and Professor Erik Goldstein
(Boston University).

Reflecting the overall conference theme, political
scientists and historians will assess the foreign
policies of important external powers towards Iraq
and the wider regions as well as the constructions
and narratives accompanying/justifying specific
policies, with a particular focus on EU-Middle East
relations and US policies.

In order to avoid a narrow Western-centred perspective, the conference will also examine the policies of influential domestic Iraqi political actors and other regional powers, whose international role has been affected by the political developments in Iraq.


About the speakers

Plenary sessions feature not only prominent Iraqi commentators including former national security adviser, Dr Muaffaq al-Rubaie, and Dr Mouyad al-Windawi, formerly with the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, but also international academic observers Professor Eric Davis (Rutgers University), Professor Isam al-Khafaji (Amsterdam), and Dr Reidar Visser (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs).


Registration is required for this event and places are limited. For further information please contact Dr Lars Berger (Salford University)

This Conference is sponsored by British Academy, the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, the British International Studies Association - Working Group on International Mediterranean Studies and Salford University.

If you wish to attend please download, complete and return the registration form to Debbie Hughes,