The Atlantic Council’s Iraq Initiative hosted on Wednesday, October 13 from 9:00 am – 10:00 a.m. ET a virtual discussion on the plausible post-election scenarios in Iraq. With the highly anticipated parliamentary elections scheduled to be held in Iraq on Sunday, October 10, a myriad of topics will be in contention once the outcomes become clear, including post-election political maneuvering and new government formation, what the election results say about the broader Iraqi populous, and what these results mean for future US-Iraqi and regional relations.

The conversation included Jennifer Gavito, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs; Rend Al-Rahim, President of the Iraq Foundation and former ambassador of Iraq to the United States; and Douglas A. Silliman, former US Ambassador to Iraq & President of The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, Dr. Abbas Kadhim, Director of the Atlantic Council’s Iraq Initiative, and moderated by Alissa J. Rubin, International Correspondent and Senior Writer at the New York Times.

The event was open to the press and on the record.

A conversation with:

Ms. Jennifer Gavito
Deputy Assistant Secretary
US Department of State

Amb. Rend Al-Rahim
Co-founder and President
Iraq Foundation

Amb. Douglas A. Silliman
The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington

Dr. Abbas Kadhim
Director, Iraq Initiative
Atlantic Council

Moderated by:

Ms. Alissa J. Rubin
International Correspondent and Senior Writer
The New York Times

The Iraq Initiative provides transatlantic and regional policy makers with unique perspectives and analysis on the ongoing challenges and opportunities facing Iraq as the country tries to build an inclusive political system, attract economic investment, and encourage a vibrant civil society.