Podiumsdiskussion · Hamburg

29.03.2023 · 19:00
GIGA Forum | Iraq 20 Years after the US Invasion: Domestic Politics and the Role of Civil Society

The US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003 was a watershed moment in recent history. It ended the reign of one of the most brutal ancien régimes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Together with the invasion of Afghanistan two years earlier, these developments marked the beginning of American “forever wars,” split Europe into “old” and “new,” and strengthened Iran’s position as regional power. Within Iraq, a hybrid political system has emerged that combines formal democratic features with authoritarian and sectarian overtones. This GIGA Forum sheds light on the often-overlooked domestic transitions occurring since the invasion in 2003, and the role of Iraqi civil society in shaping them.


GIGA, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany (Room 243), and online


German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)
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