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

August 25, 2017

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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