[Nov 9, 2017] Rotary Peace Seminar: “Post-2003 Iraq and the War on Terror: From Regime Change to Islamic State”

ICU Rotary Peace Center is organizing a Peace Seminar inviting Dr. Fanar HADDAD, National University of Singapore. We look forward to many of your participation.

“Post-2003 Iraq and the War on Terror: From Regime Change to Islamic State”

– Speaker:  Dr. Fanar HADDAD, National University of Singapore

– Date/Time:  November 9, 2017, 16:30-17:40

– Place:  H-170,  the 1st floor of University Hall

– Access: http://www.icu.ac.jp/en/about/campus/index.html   *#1 on this map

– Language: English


We continue to live with the consequences of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The impact has been complex and multilayered: from political conflict in Iraq to the rejuvenation of global jihad to the sectarianization of Iraqi and Middle Eastern politics to the recalibration of US policy in the Middle East and so the list goes on. This presentation will chart the drivers behind the invasion of 2003 (both Iraqi and American) and the processes that were unleashed by regime change. A particular focus will be placed on the process of sectarianization – firstly in Iraq and then in the Middle East. Understanding these processes is crucial to appreciating recent changes in the Middle East such as how and why the ‘Arab Spring’ evolved the way it did in places like Syria and Bahrain and why US influence in the region seems to be in decline. This presentation will also look at perhaps the most sensational symptom of these processes, namely the rise of ISIS/IS, and will conclude by considering the ongoing recalibration of geostrategic alignments in the Middle East.


Fanar Haddad is a Senior Research Fellow at the Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore. He previously lectured in Middle Eastern politics at the University of Exeter and at the University of London. Prior to obtaining his PhD, Dr. Haddad was a Research Analyst at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He has since published widely on issues relating to identity politics in the Middle East. He is the author of Sectarianism in Iraq: Antagonistic Visions of Unity. Many of his other works can be found on https://nus.academia.edu/FanarHaddad.


The lecture will be held as part of an undergraduate course “Ethnicity, Identity and Nationalism (IRL215)” but is open to anybody.