PERSPECTIVES ON IRAQ
THE FUTURE OF IRAQ: STABILITY OR VOLATILITY?
Ali Allawi, Weissberg Chair in International Studies, Beloit College, and former Minister of Finance, Republic of Iraq
The invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq have been a costly investment for the United States in terms of lives, money, and global political capital. For Iraq, the war has had a major impact on domestic sectarian divisions and the country’s and region’s political and economic development. Ali Allawi, former Iraqi Minister of Finance, held various government positions and participated in crucial decisions and events in post-Saddam Iraq. Drawing on his extensive experience, relationships with key figures in Iraq, and a deep understanding of the country’s culture and history, he will explain the consequences of U.S. actions in Iraq, the way to move toward greater internal political stability, and regional peace and cooperation. Please join us for the second program of the three-part spring series a “Perspectives on Iraq” Allawi will also discuss how the Iraq experience has affected the justification and legitimacy of nation-building and U.S. military interventions abroad.
Ali Allawi is the twelfth Weissberg Chair in International Studies at Beloit College. He is also a fellow at Harvard University's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. During the 1980s and the 1990s, Allawi was a prominent member of the London-based Iraqi opposition to Saddam Hussein's regime, and in 2002, was one of the drafters of a declaration of Iraqi Shiites. Allawi served as the interim minister of Ttade in the new Government of Iraq from 2003 to 2004 until he was appointed the first interim minister of defense of Iraq. In April 2005, Allawi was appointed Minister of Finance in the Transitional Iraqi Government. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his M.B.A. from Harvard University.
His books, The Crisis in Islamic Civilization and The Occupation of Iraq, will be available for purchase and signing following the program.