Iraqi Ambassador Speaks at UMW January 28

by | Jan 26, 2015 | Schools & Education

Iraqi Ambassador Lukman Faily. Photo courtesy UMW.

Iraqi Ambassador Lukman Faily will speak at the University of Mary Washington (UMW) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, in Monroe Hall, Room 346.

The ambassador’s lecture, “Challenges of Iraqi Foreign Policy, Status and Prospective,” will outline the new government’s approach to foreign policy. “Ambassador Faily will focus on Iraq-U.S. relations and regional cooperation to confront the threat of ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria). “He also will offer an assessment of current developments in the Middle East and Iraq’s recent initiatives to foster security and stability with its neighbors,” said Nabil Al-Tikriti, associate professor of history. A brief reception will follow the lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

Ambassador Faily has served as Iraq’s ambassador to the United States since July 2013. He previously served as Iraq’s ambassador to Japan for three years.

Prior to joining the diplomatic corps, Ambassador Faily lived in the United Kingdom, and spent 20 years working in the Information Technology sector for several transnational companies. He was an active leader within the large Iraqi exile community in the U.K., and served as a trustee for several non-governmental Iraqi organizations. He also played an active role in opposing Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship and advocated for democracy and the rule of law in Iraq.

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