Iraq after Elections: Between Resilient Status Quo and Drivers of Change

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Prague Centre for Middle East Relations (PCMR) of CEVRO Institute would like to cordially invite you to a debate Iraq after Elections: Between Resilient Status Quo and Drivers of Change.” Our distinguished guest is HIWA OSMAN, an award winning Iraqi Kurdish journalist, analyst and commentator. He served as media advisor to President Jalal Talabani between 2005 & 2008. He is a leading commentator and analyst on the politics and media of Kurdistan and Iraq. He is often quoted by the media about Iraq and larger Kurdish affairs in the Middle East.

The event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 18, 17:00-18:30 at atrium of CEVRO Institute (Jungmannova 17, Praha 1).

Please register by filling the form below by Nov. 17, 2021.

The event will be moderated by Tomáš Kaválek, Director of PCMR of CEVRO Institute.

Iraqi held closely observed early parliamentary elections on October 10. While experiencing a record low turnout of 43% under new electoral law, it brought a shakedown in power distribution within Shia, Sunni and Kurdish political landscape alike. Notably, firebrand cleric Muqtada al-Sadr scored an electoral victory, while Iran-leaning Shia actors lost seats. Should we expect significant changes in Iraqi politics or will the resilient status quo of the consensus government prevail? What will be the role of US and Iran the new-post election setting? What implications will it have on Iraqi stability, reform agenda and a prospect for another wave of popular protests?

Contemporary epidemiological measures for events apply on this debate. Wearing at least FFP2 category respirator is obligatory for the whole duration of the event.