Panel Discussion

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 00:00 to 23:59
The Royal Society London

Britain and the Occupations of Iraq  - Panel Discussion 

Organised by The British Institute for the Study of Iraq with the British Academy and the Gertrude Bell Archive at Newcastle University

With an introduction from Lord Lamont, Patron of the BISI 
Chaired by Professor Sir Adam Roberts KCMG, FBA with panellists: Professor Ali A. Allawi, Professor Nadje Al Ali, Professor Rosemary Hollis and Professor Charles Tripp FBA.
This panel provided the opportunity for a public debate about British-Iraqi relations in the 10th anniversary year of British participation in the invasion and occupation of Iraq.  The focus of the panel was contemporary, but allowed for reflection on the ways in which the histories of Iraq and Great Britain have been intertwined.  It was a chance to discuss the kinds of politics from which British occupation(s) of Iraq emerged and the political order that they have helped to bring into being. The interests, the prejudices and the passions on both sides have set in motion forces that have shaped the histories of both countries and the four panellists introduced a number of themes to reflect on the still unfolding consequences.
The Panel Discussion was the opening event of the 'Gertrude Bell and Iraq - A Life and Legacy Conference' 
With many thanks to our Media Partner: BBC History Magazine