The widespread military attack by the forces of ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) and its allies, aimed at toppling Nuri al-Maliki’s government, has resulted in a terrible toll of violence, instability and suffering within the country, and the international repercussions are extremely grave. Writer and campaigner Sami Ramadani, himself an active participant in campaigns against Saddam’s regime for many years, will explore this shocking situation with us. Sami opposed the 2003 US-led occupation of Iraq, speaks widely on Middle East issues, and is a Guardian contributor. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Stop the War Coalition.
Conflicting geo-political interests in the Middle East makes the region a fulcrum for international conflict. Following the disastrous war against Iraq, the ramifications of the ‘Arab Spring’ uprisings have further alarmed the US-Saudi-Israeli nexus, and have already led to the NATO intervention in Libya, to calls for greater intervention in Syria, and to Western threats of war on Iran. Sami Ramadani will explore this explosive situation with us. He has been an active participant in campaigns against Saddam’s regime and in anti-war and anti-imperialist struggles for many years. He writes and speaks widely on Middle East issues and is a Guardian contributor. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Stop the War Coalition (StWC).
The US occupation is fragmenting Iraq and encouraging civil strife, with appalling consequences in terms of bloodshed and destruction. Sami Ramadani is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the London Metropolitan University, and a former exile from Saddam Hussein’s regime. He campaigned for democracy in Iraq, but strongly opposed the US-led invasion, and has written on the subject in the Guardian. He will discuss the nature of the US-led occupation and the prospects for the future: is the US planning a disengagement from Iraq.