Hassan Attends Webinar on U.S.-European Security Engagement in Iraq

News | July 16, 2020

On July 14, EWI's Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa Program Kawa Hassan participated in a webinar hosted by the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) entitled "Navigating Stormy Weather: Dissecting the European and U.S. Contribution to Security and Stability in Iraq."

Other speakers included Sajad Jiyad, visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations' (ECFR) Middle East and North Africa programme, and Kirsten Fontenrose, director of the Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative at the Atlantic Council. The webinar was moderated by Louisa Loveluck, Baghdad bureau chief for The Washington Post.

Kawa Hassan highlighted several key takeaways from EWI and CARPO's ongoing joint project: "Iraq and Its Neighbors." Based on intensive engagement and partnership with officials and experts from Iraq, Hassan said it has become clear that Iraqis trust the EU and do not percieve it as a threat. He believes that the EU can assist Iraq to become a center for regional dialogue and cooperation in many areas, including addressing the impacts of climate change, economic and energy cooperation and people-to-people exchanges.

Click here to watch the webinar.