Kroc Institute events to focus on the future of Iraq

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Ala Talabani, an Iraqi advocate for Kurdish and womens rights, will deliver a lecture titled “Women Building Peace in Iraq” at the University of Notre Dame at 12:30 p.m. Friday (Nov. 5).

This event and a panel discussion Tuesday (Nov. 9) titled “Iraq: What Next?” are free and open to the public. Both will be held in the auditorium of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies.

Talabani is a former vice president of the Kurdistan Womens Union. Under Saddam Husseins government, she was fired from engineering and teaching positions. She co-founded Women for a Free Iraq in February 2003 and the Iraqi Womens High Council in October 2003. Talabanis lecture is part of the Women Waging Peace network that includes talks at Harvard University and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D. C.

The panel discussion at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday will explore whether the United States should withdraw, stay the course, or engage more deeply in the war in Iraq. Notre Dame faculty panelists include: Daniel Lindley, assistant professor of political science; George Lopez, professor of political science and Kroc Institute senior fellow; and Gary Masapollo, professor of military science. Kroc Institute associate director Martha Merritt will serve as moderator.

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