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The Iraq Britain Business Council was pleased to be an official partner of the Chatham House’s “Iraq in Transition” conference on the 2nd and 3rd October this year. The event was held by the Chatham House Iraq Initiative, led by Dr Renad Mansour.


On Thursday the 3rd of October the President of IBBC, Baroness Nicholson, chaired a working group on private sector development. The working group involved a speech by Zaid Elyaseri, country Manager of IBBC Founder Member BP.


This first Chatham House Iraq Initiative conference was a huge success and well attended by the private sector, NGOs, Universities, Iraqi and British Government officials, the media and representatives of the UN and the EU. IBBC were delighted that one of their member companies Crescent Petroleum, were the main sponsor of the event and to see so many of its Members and Members of the IBBC Young Executive Network attending.


https://www.chathamhouse.org/event/iraq-transition

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3 October 2019 - 9:15am to 5:15pm

Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE


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Overview


The past year has revealed promising signals of renewal in Iraq: the territorial defeat of ISIS was followed by a peaceful transition of power to a newly elected government and the country’s economic growth outlook for 2019 and beyond has been bolstered by oil prices and oil production.


However, the new government faces significant obstacles to securing the state’s long-term stability including weak institutions, a growing gap between citizens and the elite, ongoing internal armed conflict and entrenched vested interests in the conflict economy. 


In order to move past the cycle of collapse and revival that has characterized Iraqi governance since 2003, a new approach is needed to forge a system that responds to the needs of the population, and in so doing, tackles the root causes of conflict.


This conference, part of the Chatham House Middle East and North Africa Programme’s Iraq Initiative, brings together political leaders, civil society leaders and other experts to critically discuss the challenges and opportunities facing those seeking to build a peaceful and prosperous Iraqi state.


The Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House is partnering with the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) and the Nahrein Network for this conference. The conference is part of the Iraq Initiative project which is sponsored by Crescent Petroleum, Nahrein Network and the Al Swaidi Family.



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[url=https://www.chathamhouse.org/sites/default/files/events/special/Agenda - Iraq in Transition - Thursday 3 October.pdf][/url]
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[size=54]About Chatham House[/size]

Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is independent and owes no allegiance to any government or to any political body. It does not take institutional positions on policy issues.

As a world-leading policy institute, our mission is to help governments and societies build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world.
We deliver our mission through:     

  • Dialogue: Engaging governments, the private sector, civil society and our members in open debates and private discussions on the major issues in world politics.
  • Research: Rigorous analysis of critical global, regional and country-specific challenges and opportunities.
  • Leadership: Training the next generation of policy influencers to deepen their knowledge of the critical political issues and to develop their analytical and problem-solving skills.

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[size=24]To help governments and societies build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world.
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Our Royal Charter and Bye-laws(opens in new window) lay out  the aims and objectives that we have worked towards since we were founded in 1920. We offer policy solutions grounded in certain core principles:
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  • representative and accountable government with effective separation of powers

  • open and well-regulated markets

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  • a cooperative approach to international affairs based on the concept of an international society


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We engage governments, the private sector, civil society and our members in open debate and private discussions about the most significant developments in international affairs.
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Our convening power attracts world leaders and the best analysts in their respective fields from across the globe.

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We carry out independent and rigorous analysis of critical global, regional and country-specific challenges and opportunities.
The institute’s reports, papers, books and other research outputs are a vital resource for leaders and policymakers in government, the private sector and civil society.
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Our diverse network of researchers and experts work on pressing international issues, ranging from shifts in global economic and political power through to safeguarding the Earth’s natural resources, delivering affordable healthcare and countering cyberthreats. We propose solutions, based on governments and societies cooperating to build a prosperous future for all.
Our global membership spans business, diplomacy, academia, politics, the media and civil society, and includes a growing body of students. Members play an essential role in informing research and in questioning thought leaders and decision-makers at Chatham House events.
Through The Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs, we offer emerging leaders the opportunity to benefit from leadership training and research mentoring. These fellows bring diverse perspectives to the work of the institute and form a growing alumni network of future policy practitioners.
Each of these three areas inform our work developing new ideas and policies on how best to confront challenges and take advantage of opportunities from the near to the long term.     
We then seek to connect our ideas with diverse audiences – from policy constituencies to the general public – to build momentum for positive change.
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On Tuesday 1st October IBBC was pleased to host a roundtable discussion chaired by IBBC President Baroness Nicholson with His Excellency, Chief Justice Faiq Zidan, who was visiting the United Kingdom as guest of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. 


The meeting was attended by several IBBC member representatives including from Constellis, G4S Secure Solutions, Harcus Sinclair, Mosul University, Protechnique, PWC SPS and Unihouse Global.


Chief Justice Zidan introduced himself and summarised his career, which began in 1991 as a lawyer in Baghdad. He was appointed as a judge in Baghdad’s Civil Courts and Criminal Courts in 1999 and then Chief of the Central Investigative Court responsible for Combating Terrorism and Important Crimes in 2005.


 In 2012, Faiq was appointed to the Federal Court of Cassation as Vice-Chief in 2014 and in 2016 as Chief, a position he still holds today.


 He was appointed President of the Supreme Judicial Council in January 2017.


Christophe Michels, managing director of IBBC, gave a summary of the history of IBBC in Iraq, the make-up of its current membership and the many events and activities currently being organised in Iraq, Dubai and the UK.


Members reported on current legal and judicial challenges they face when operating in Iraq. His Excellency confirmed he was familiar with many of these issues and undertook to review them on his return to Iraq. He said he would be particularly interested in any legal or judicial interpretations that could discourage foreign investment.


Chief Justice Zidan further encouraged IBBC and its members to organise more encounters with Judges from Iraq and to also increase its exchanges with the Iraqi Parliament. A suggestion much welcomed by the IBBC management and Members present.



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Corruption Continues to Destabilize Iraq


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By Toby Dodge, for Chatham House. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

In March and April, an extensive opinion poll carried out across Iraq found that the population were [url=https://www.ndi.org/sites/default/files/NDI Iraq Survey 2019_EN_0.pdf]only united by very high levels of pessimism (opens in new window)[/url] about the future of their country.

At the centre of their concerns, and the key factor in driving mistrust, is the issue of corruption.


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After the defeat of ISIS, endemic corruption is now the main threat to Iraq’s stability, alienating the population from its ruling elite and driving young people into a protest movement that demands radical change.




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In March and April, an extensive opinion poll carried out across Iraq found that the population were [url=https://www.ndi.org/sites/default/files/NDI Iraq Survey 2019_EN_0.pdf]only united by very high levels of pessimism(opens in new window)[/url] about the future of their country.


 At the centre of their concerns, and the key factor in driving mistrust, is the issue of corruption.

In the poll, 82 per cent of Iraqis were concerned or very concerned about corruption at the highest levels of government; 83 per cent perceived corruption to be getting worse.



 It appears clear: politically sanctioned corruption among senior politicians and civil servants is systematically undermining popular faith in the Iraqi government and destroying the legitimacy of its leaders in the eyes of the population.

However, up to now, political corruption has been primarily treated as an individual crime. This focus on personal greed and a propensity to break the law fundamentally mistakes the nature of the problem. Corruption is primarily driven forward by the structure of the political system itself and the role that Iraq’s political parties play in it.


Access to corruption is shared among the political parties that dominate Iraqi politics through the mechanisms of the elite pact, the muhasasa ta’ifa, which has organized politics in the country since 2003.


This not only divides ministerial positions between senior members of the parties that win each national election, but a subsidiary to the muhasasa ta’ifa, the wikala system, gives those politicians, as a key part of election negotiations, the power to appoint positions at the top of the civil service.


In the aftermath of each national election, the winning parties get together to negotiate a government of national unity. Ministries, and the budgets they control, are awarded to the parties that took part in the elections, in direct relationship to their success at the ballot box.


Interviews carried out by Chatham House researchers suggest that in the aftermath of the 2018 election, for example, in addition to ministries, the awarding of approximately 800 senior civil service jobs, spread across all ministries, was part of the government formation negotiations. New ministers then set about putting their party followers and faction members on the payroll.


The extent of this practice since 2003 can be seen in the rapid growth of the state payroll, which expanded from 850,000 employees in 2004 to between seven and nine million in 2016.


Party-aligned directors-general in the civil service, appointed under Wikala, allow the resources from contract corruption across all ministries to reach the parties that make up the ruling elite. 



Judge Radhi Hamza al-Radhi, the most senior government figure responsible for pursuing corruption from 2008 to 2011, identified the government’s contracting process as ‘the father of all corruption issues(opens in new window)’.

Contracts are awarded to companies run by or close to senior party members.  The companies are then paid handsomely, but complaints about poor or non-existent delivery are ignored, as the same senior politicians who ensured they won the contracts protect the companies they and their parties financially benefit from.


It is this contracting fraud that underpins the majority of government corruption while also providing the resources to fund the dominant political parties.


The alienation this has created has driven a series of mass demonstrations in 2011, 2015 and 2018. In each wave, protestors have come onto the streets demanding the political system that has given rise to this endemic corruption be radically reformed.


As indicated by their slogans and banners, the protestors have made it plain that they do not see corruption primarily as an issue of personal greed and lawlessness but as the [url=https://eprints.lse.ac.uk/88294/1/Faleh_Iraqi Protest Movement_Published_English.pdf]direct result of the political system(opens in new window)[/url] and the parties who dominate it. 



Unless these demands for an end to corruption and far-reaching reform of the system are met, Iraq will continue to be destabilized by popular alienation from the governing elite and the mass protests this causes.


In Basra in September 2018, these demonstrations turned violent, with protestors who were demanding an end to corruption clashing with militias defending the political parties who benefit from it.


 It is this divide, between those challenging a corrupt political status quo and those using violence to defend it, which has shaped Iraq since the defeat of ISIS. 


If Iraq’s political system is not reformed, it is a divide that will further destabilize the country going forward.



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[size=24]The Iraq Initiative is a fieldwork-based policy project that rethinks the nature of state-building and governance in Iraq.
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The initiative is based on original analysis and close engagement with a network of researchers and institutions inside Iraq. At the local level, it maps key political, business, military, tribal, clerical, and civil society figures across Iraq. At the national level, it explores the struggle over the state.
The project uses these field-based insights to inform international policy towards Iraq. Chatham House convenes Iraq Initiative activities in various cities in the Middle East, the UK, the US and Europe.
The Iraq Initiative is supported by Crescent Petroleum.






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