Bush School and Bush Foundation Host Discussion on the Future of Iraq

August 25, 2017

Image of Iraqi flag and a Iraqi woman


On September 5, a panel of experts will discuss the future of Iraq, the United States’ role in that country, and the defeat of ISIS. 

The event is sponsored by the Scowcroft Institute for International Affairs, the Department of International Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, and the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation.

A reception prior to the event will begin at 4:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 6 p.m. Both will be held at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center on the Bush School campus.

The panel will include former Bush School dean and career ambassador, Ryan Crocker; Lukman Faily, the former Iraqi ambassador to the United States; Trudy Rubin, foreign affairs columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, who has special expertise on the Middle East, international terrorism, and US foreign policy; and Raad Alkadiri, who is the Senior Director at the Center for Energy Impact at the Boston Consulting Group. The panel will examine the future of Iraq and American policy toward Iraq, centering around the recently issued Atlantic Council Task Force report on Iraq. Following the panel discussion, there will be a discussion with former ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker. Questions from the audience are welcome in each session.

Ambassador Ryan Crocker spent thirty-seven years in the US Foreign Service, including service as the US ambassador to Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Lebanon. Crocker has received many of the nation’s highest honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the State Department Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award, the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award, and the State Department Distinguished Honor Award.

Prior to his appointment as Iraqi ambassador to the United States from 2013 to 2017, Lukman Faily served as the Iraqi ambassador to Japan from 2010 to 2013. Having lived in the United Kingdom for twenty years, Faily was an active leader with the Iraqi community there and a vocal opponent of Saddam Husein’s regime.

Trudy Rubin’s “Worldview” column appears twice weekly in the Inquirer and runs regularly in many other US newspapers. Widely traveled in the Middle East, she wrote for the Christian Science Monitor and the Economist of London. In 2001, Rubin was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for her columns on the Middle East.

The event is open to the public, but those planning to attend are requested to register in advance at 

[Return to homepage]

Tags: Events / News /

Follow us!

In the Media

September 12, 2018: "Panelists at A&M’s Bush School talk China's political, economic shift under President Xi Jinping " The Eagle

September 11, 2018: "Texas A&M awarded $2M grant for flood, human response research" The Eagle

September 08, 2018: "Panel to discuss future of China" The Eagle

September 03, 2018: "Text Messages to Parents Can Help Boost Children's Reading Skills" Find All News

August 29, 2018: "Dr. Leslie Ruyle is Leading by Example" Texas A&M Foundation

Additional Media

Lastest Bush School News

John Mearsheimer Discusses New Book at Bush School Event

Dr. William West Receives American Bar Association Annual Scholarship Award

Texas A&M Grad Students Invited to Take Part in Pandemic Simulation

Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale to Receive McLane Leadership in Business Award

Bush School Students Travel to Kenya, Tanzania to Present to USAID on Food Fortification

Xi’s China: What’s Next? China On The World Stage In The Xi Jinping Era

Bush School Graduate Research Reveals Highest Health Uninsurance Rates in Texas