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The Atlantic Council’s Iraq Initiative hosted a conversation with H.E. Ali Allawi, Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Finance. Dr. Abbas Kadhim, Director of the Iraq Initiative, moderated this conversation. With the COVID-19 pandemic reversing two years of steady economic recover for Iraq, the volatility of oil prices and the impact of the pandemic have both amplified Iraq’s economic woes. The discussion examined Iraq’s economic reforms, H.E. Ali Allawi’s White Paper, The White Paper for Economic Reforms: Vision and key objectives, and other critical political developments throughout the country.

The event took place on July 28, 2021, from 10:30 – 11:30 am EDT and was open to the press and on the record.


H.E. Ali Allawi
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister
The Republic of Iraq


Dr. Abbas Kadhim
Director, Iraq Initiative
Atlantic Council

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