#5: Baghdad’s Message to Washington

Despite growing security concerns in the Middle East region with the ongoing conflict in Syria, Iraq remains one of the fastest growing economies in the world. This week, our Iraq Matters podcast focuses on Baghdad’s message to Washington DC for a renewed partnership and recommitment to the strategic framework agreement.

Iraq Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zubari at CSIS
Iraq Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zubari at CSIS

At the top of our show, we highlight Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zubari’s visit to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and his discussion about Iraq’s progress and current challenges. Our second highlight is Iraq’s new Ambassador Lukman Faily and his recent appearance at the Brookings Institute. Finally, we have a culture corner with Professor Bilal Wahab about Iraqi cuisine and what’s trending with Iraqi youth.

From the epic of Gilgamesh to recent political developments ahead of next year’s national parliamentary elections, we believe that Iraq Matters and we are passionately interested in matters of Iraq. We also believe in the importance of raising awareness about the humanitarian needs of 3 million Iraqis who remain displaced by violence and 6 million Syrians who have been forced to flee their homes, 200,000 of whom are refugees in Iraq today.

Amb. Lukman Faily at the Brookings Intistute
Amb. Lukman Faily at the Brookings Intistute

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Time Index:
Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zubari highlights Iraq’s progress towards stabilization 6:21
Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zubari talks about the challenges Iraq faces 12:20
Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zubari’s discussion about Syria 15:43
Amb. Lukman Faily on the region’s instability and the impact on Iraq’s National Security 19:00
Amb. Lukman Faily talks about Hoshyar Zubari’s visit to DC 22:57
Amb. Lukman Faily discusses the core of the Iraqi-US relationship 26:20
Culture Corner with Bilal Wahab about Iraqi Cuisine 31:41

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