Key Issues:

  • Iraq’s political, social, and security processes are broken.
  • ISIS controls vast amounts of the country, offering safe havens for terrorists
  • Tehran-backed militias are committing numerous human rights abuses while supposedly fighting ISIS.
  • The political reforms by the PM Abadi have stalled, with all Iraqi groups demanding change (see recent demonstrations in Baghdad)
  • The widespread corruption in the system has left Iraq without basic services (especially in the south) and may lead to an open revolt.
  • The sectarian policies and political structures put in place since 2003 has led directly to this crisis
  • The State of Iraq is on the brink of collapse.
  • There needs to be a non-governmental approach for peace and reconciliation to save the country (past Government led initiatives have made matters worse).
  • Once reform and reconciliation process has started, with serious international backing, Iraqi’s will come together and defeat Terrorism, and work to build a functioning state.

 “Iraq is on the brink of collapse. The Iraqi people are demanding change. In order to defeat terrorism and build a strong Iraq that works for all Iraqis we need to recommit ourselves to political reform and a full, inclusive peace and reconciliation process. Daesh and other terror groups in Iraq must be eliminated, for this to work we need a greater military effort and more importantly a political process that creates a non-sectarian and positive future for all Iraqis.”

“We need to build on the reforms already announced, and work together – Sunni, Shia, Christian, Yazidi, Kurd and all of Iraq – to bring home our brothers and sisters that are refugees, and guarantee a prosperous and peaceful Iraq. This conference is a vital part in planning for that future.”

Sheikh Jamal al-Dhari

 

Day One – 28 May 2016 

10.00 Opening Ceremony:

– Welcome address by organizer of the conference Sheikh Jamal al-Dari, President of Peace Ambassadors for Iraq (PAFI)

Moderator :  , Dr. Sabah Al Mukhtar

10.00 – 12.00

Morning Session: 

The Situation in Iraq And Its Various Implications For The Region And The World

A Davos- style senior level panel discussion, to be followed by Q&A

This panel will discuss the present political, social and security crisis in Iraq.

This will include a discussion on the present international support for Iraq; the need to defeat terrorism (including Daesh); the social and sectarian fractures in Iraq; and the key problems that need to be resolved in Iraq. The panel will discuss the role of the international community and regional powers in helping Iraq overcome this crisis. It will also highlight the need to build a non-security infrastructure.

Participants :  Dominique de Villepin, Saleh Hamad Awwad Al Qallab, David Weldon, Bradley Blakeman, and David Weller

 

12.00-1400 – Lunch

14.00 – 16.00

Afternoon Session:

Strategy Required to Save Iraq

 A Davos- style senior level panel discussion, to be followed by Q&A

This panel will discuss the need to start political and economic reform, and how a peace and reconciliation process can be started and maintained.

This will include a discussion on what a peace and reconciliation process will need to include; the need for an economic reform plan and capital investment; how the international community and regional powers can support a reconciliation process, as well as rebuilding Iraq; and how a positive future with key leadership is required.

Participants: Admiral William Fallon USN (Ret.), Mohammed al Mosfir, Brian Graham, Dr. Walid Kashmoula, Dr. Mohammad Al-Husseini, and David Rivera

16.15-17.15

The Latest From Iraq

A senior level Iraqi panel will update the conference on the latest events in Iraq, the sufferings of the Iraqi people, and the need to tell the truth on what is happening on the ground in the country.

Participants : Shiekh Jamal al Dhari, Dr Liqaa Maki, Fattah Abbas al Difaei

 

Speakers and Panelists

Sheikh Jamal al-Dhari is one the leaders of the al-Zoba tribe in Iraq, and is the nephew of the late Islamic scholar and religious leader Sheikh Harith al-Dhari. n the 1980s, Jamal was conscripted into the Iraqi Army to fight in the Iran- Iraq War.  During his time on the frontline, he fought alongside both Sunni and Shia officers and friends, in the Iraqi Republican Guard. Following the 2003 invasion of Iraq by coalition forces, Jamal was a strong proponent of Iraqi nationalism and self-rule. In 2005, he and his family fought against al-Qaeda’s occupation of Iraqi territory and, as a consequence, Jamal lost 70 members of his family in the struggle. In 2014, Jamal helped to establish the nonprofit think tank Peace Ambassadors for Iraq, whose purpose is to explain to Western audiences the present situation in Iraq, to determine the best policies to fully eliminate ISIS/Daesh and other terrorist forces from Iraq, and to build international support for an all-inclusive Iraq.

Dr. Sabah Al Mukhtar is a lawyer and Arab and Islamic law scholar based in Baghdad, Iraq. Admitted to the Iraqi Law Society in 1969 he practiced as in-house Counsel to the Iraq National Oil Company. For four years he also practiced law in Abu Dhabi, UAE. For the last twenty-five years, he was a legal consultant in England establishing the “Arab Lawyers Network,” a network of practicing lawyers which spans the Arab World. Appearing as an expert before the High Court of Justice in England, he was accepted by the Queen’s Bench and the Chancery Division. In addition, he was the author of the annual survey of Iraq in the “Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law”. Finally, Dr. Al-Mukhtar served as President of the Arab Lawyers Association in the United Kingdom

 

Panel One: 

Dominique de Villepin served the French people as Prime Minister from 31May 2005 to 17 May 2007 under the administration of President Jacques Chriac. A career diplomat, Villepin rose through the ranks of the French right as a protégé of President Chirac. M. de Villepan  was appointed Foreign Minister by President Chirac in the cabinet of Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin at the beginning of Chirac’s second term in 2002.M. de Villepan came into the international spotlight as Foreign Minister, with his staunch opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which culminated with a speech to the United Nations. M. de Villepan asserted that unwarranted military towards Iraq was an unjustifiable action by the United States; he was supported by Germany, Russia, and China. M. de Villepan has been a strong voice in the French government against religious extremisim and terrorism throughout his career. In addition to his political career, M. de Villepan has written poetry, a book about poetry, and several historical and political essays, along with a study of Napoleon Bonaparte. Villepin is an honorary member of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation. Soon after his exit from daily political life, in 2008 M. de Villepin returned to legal practice. 

Saleh Hamad Awwad Al Qallab is a  leading geopolitical expert and a former Minister of Information and also Minister of Culture for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, previously serving as a State Minister for Prime Ministry Affairs and  Government Spokesman. Al Qallab was  the Chief Editor of “Al Arab Al Youm” newspaper and Director of “Al Arabiya” Satellite Channel. He is a columnist for the Lebanese “As-Safir” newspaper, the London-based “Asharq Alawsat”, and the “Al Rai” and “Ad-Dustour” Jordanian newspaper

David Weldon is a former member of Congress and practicing physician. He was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Florida’s 15th congressional district, in 1994 he became the first physician elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the State of Florida. Congressman Weldon served on House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommitte on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs

Bradley Blakeman most recently was the President of Freedom’s Watch, a right of center conservative advocacy group. Prior to founding Freedom’s Watch, Mr. Blakeman was a member of President George W. Bush’s Senior Staff having served from 2001-2004 as Deputy Assistant to the President for Appointments and Scheduling, Vetting and Research, Correspondence and Surrogate Scheduling. Mr. Blakeman can be seen regularly as a Republican Strategist on FOX News, MSNBC, BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera

Gerald Weller is a former member of Congress and American politician who was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Illinois’s 11th congressional district. As of 2015, Weller is the managing principal of New World Group Public Affairs, a lobbying group with offices in Washington, DC, Florida and Guatemala. Congressman Weller served on the House Committee on Ways & Means, and the House Committee On International Relations

Panel Two:

Admiral William J. Fallon USN (Ret.) retired from the U.S. Navy after a distinguished 40-year career of military and strategic leadership. He has led U.S. and Allied forces in eight separate commands and played a leadership role in military and diplomatic matters at the highest levels of the U.S. government.  As head of U.S. Central Command, Admiral Fallon directed all U.S. military operations in the Middle East, Central Asia and Horn of Africa, focusing on combat efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. He led the U.S. Pacific Command for two years, directing political-military activities in the Asia-Pacific region. His achievements include a resumption of military engagement with China, new outreach to India, a new agreement on a strategic framework with Japan, and humanitarian assistance to the victims of the 2004 Tsunami in SE Asia.

Brian Graham is a Middle East expert and regular contributor on Fox News Radio, CBS 11 Dallas/Ft. Worth, First Coast News NBC11/ABC25 Jacksonville, NewsMax TV, and CTV News. He has also been featured on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, CBS, NBC, ABC, BBC, Al Jazeera and in print in The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Bloomberg, Politico, The Hill, Huffington Post, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, LA Times, and many more.

Dr. Walid Kashmoula received his doctorate degree in econometrics from the University of Wales in 1978. He was the head of the Statistics Department at the Faculty of Administration and Economics at the University of Mosul and the Dean of the Faculty of Administration and Economy Salahaddin University in 1986. Prof. Sifo has published more than 49 papers in scientific journals in Iraq, the Middle East, and across the world. In addition to authoring eighteen books in the standard of economic statistics , administrative economics, and international trade economy.

His Eminence Sayyed Mohamed Ali El Husseini is a highly respected Islamic Scholar in the field of religious and secular issues, he has great influence and position in the Arabic and Islamic World. He is a highly appreciated and respected scholar in political, intellectual, and religious circles in Arabic and Islamic countries. He is distinguished by his open-minded, intellectual and political attitudes, and moderate views calling for unity throughout the Arab world.

His Eminence works tirelessly in giving advice and consultation to the leaders of the Middle East. He calls for dialogue that is based on his belief in the importance of sustaining the nation’s unity. His Eminence enjoys a respected position by Islamic and non-Islamic communities throughout the region. His opinions, presentations and ideas are met with great interest, based on safeguarding the interests of all and the principle that: all have the same interests, the same homeland, and the same fate.

David Rivera is a former member of Congress. He was the U.S. Representative for Florida’s 25th congressional district and is a member of the Republican Party. Formerly, he was a Florida state representative who served District 112. He is also a Miami-based public affairs consultant. The Congressman has served on  the House Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and the Subcommitte on the Western Hempishpere.