As Iraq nears a military defeat of ISIS, Iraqis and their leaders are debating how best to sustain the security gains, prevent any extremist revival, and stabilize the country. They must shape a post-ISIS Iraq as the country finds itself amid increased regional tensions between the Gulf Arab States and Iran. A key voice in this debate—and an important Iraqi interlocutor with U.S. policymakers—is Dr. Saleem al-Jubouri, since 2014 the elected speaker of parliament. He spoke at USIP amid his meetings with House Speaker Paul Ryan and other U.S. officials.
At USIP, Dr. al-Jubouri offered views on the future of Iraq’s democracy as the country prepares for parliamentary and provincial elections in May. A democratic Iraq will have to settle the status of the Kurdistan region following its holding of a referendum on independence. His discussion was the latest in a recent series of Institute conversations with Iraqi leaders as they visit Washington to share views on their country’s future and America’s role in helping to assure stability. In recent months, these have included Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Vice President Osama al-Nujaifi.
Nancy Lindborg, Opening Remarks
President, U.S. Institute of Peace
His Excellency Dr. Saleem al-Jubouri
Speaker, Council of Representatives, Republic of Iraq
Michael Yaffe, Moderator
Vice President, Center for Middle East and Africa, U.S. Institute of Peace