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The Struggle for Iraq's Future

In this lecture, launching Zaid al-Ali’s new book The Struggle for Iraq’s Future, the author will provide a uniquely insightful interpretation of Iraq’s nation-building progress in the wake of the 2003 war. Al-Ali will argue that the 2005 constitution is illegitimate and established a system of government so extreme that it could never be implemented, creating a void that the country has been struggling to fill since. The people’s trust, he contends, has been betrayed by all segments of Iraq’s ruling elites who have negotiated the formation of government on the basis of personal self-interest, patronage and deceit. Al-Ali will conclude that the solution lies in establishing a road map for reform that should be imposed on the ruling parties by all the major components of civil society.  

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Event Details


Speaker: Zaid Al-Ali, International IDEA
Discussant:  Professor Toby Dodge, LSE
Chair: Professor Mary Kaldor, LSE
Date:  Wednesday 7 May 2014
Time: 18.30-20.00
Location:  Room 1.04, New Academic Building, LSE
Attendance: This event is free and open to all on a first come first served basis. Our events are very well attended, please make sure to arrive early. We cannot guarantee entry



Zaid al-Ali is Senior Adviser on Constitution Building at International IDEA.  He has been practicing law since 1999, specializing in comparative constitutional law and international commercial arbitration. From 2005 to 2010, he was a legal adviser to the United Nations focusing on constitutional, parliamentary and judicial reform in Iraq.  Since the beginning of 2011, he has been working on constitutional reform throughout the Arab region, in particular in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt.