Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq


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Policy Alternatives to Sanctions on Iraq

10-11 March 2001
Cambridge, UK

[Main conference page]

Recordings of the conference

This page contains audio recordings of the entire conference, in streaming RealAudio format, which means that you can listen to the recordings in realtime without waiting for them to download. You will need the RealPlayer software. You probably have it installed already, but if not, you can get the free RealPlayer Basic version here (look for the "free player" section).

Each section of audio is available in two variants: 16kbps (low bandwidth) and 64kbps (higher quality audio, but higher bandwidth). If your internet connection is via a modem, you can only use the 16kbps version. If your connection to the internet is a fast connection, e.g. via a corporate or academic network, you can choose which stream to use.

The recordings of individual speakers are each about half an hour in duration; the question and answer sessions vary from 30 minutes to an hour.

We would appreciate any feedback you have about using these recordings, which can be sent to If you feel inspired to transcribe any of the recordings or help with compiling 'edited highlights', please let us know!

Speaker biographies are available on the biographies page.

First session: Geopolitics - Stability and Regional Security

  • [16kbps | 64kbps] Dr Charles Tripp, Head of the Department of Political Studies, School of African & Oriental Studies (SOAS): "Iraq and Regional Order: Finding a Framework for Security"
  • [16kbps | 64kbps] Professor Tim Niblock, Head of the Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter: "The Impact of Economic Sanctions on Regional Stability, and the Consequences of Lifting"
  • [16kbps | 64kbps] George Joffé, Visiting Fellow, Centre for International Studies, University of Cambridge
  • [16kbps | 64kbps] QUESTION+ANSWER SESSION

Second session: Military Sanctions - Targeting Capabilities

  • [16kbps | 64kbps] Hussain Al-Shahristani, Chairman of Iraqi Refugee Aid Council, Former Chief Scientific Advisor to Iraqi Nuclear Energy Organisation: "Have Sanctions Eliminated Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq?"
  • [16kbps | 64kbps] Alistair Millar, Director, Washington DC Office of Fourth Freedom Forum: "Options for restructuring UN Sanctions on Iraq"
  • [16kbps | 64kbps] QUESTION+ANSWER SESSION

Third session: Human Rights

  • [16kbps | 64kbps] Siamand Banaa, Kurdistan Regional Government's Representative in the UK: "The Kurdish Safehavens: Past and Future under the Sanctions Regime"
  • [16kbps | 64kbps] Shorsh Haji
  • [16kbps | 64kbps] Rehana Kirthisingha, Programme Officer from Christian Aid's Middle East Team
  • [16kbps | 64kbps] QUESTION+ANSWER SESSION

Fourth session: Infrastructure Rebuilding and Humanitarian Development

  • [16kbps | 64kbps] Professor Abbas Alnasrawi, University of Vermont: "Sanctions, Oil, Debt and the Future" . A written copy of this paper is also available.
  • [16kbps | 64kbps] Dr Kamil Mahdi, Lecturer in the Economics of the Middle East, University of Exeter: "Economic Conditions: Implications for Development"
  • [16kbps | 64kbps] Michael Schneider, Lalive & Partners, Geneva: "The UN Compensation Commission"
  • [spoke off the record] William Morris, Secretary General, Next Century Foundation: "Iraq and the West, an Appraisal of the Policy Imperatives for an Exit Strategy"
  • [16kbps | 64kbps] Professor Richard Garfield, Columbia University: "Options for Reconstructing the Social and Human Infrastructure of Iraq"
  • [16kbps | 64kbps] QUESTION+ANSWER SESSION

Fifth session: Political Options for the US and UK Governments

  • [16kbps | 64kbps] Dr Eric Herring, Senior Lecturer in International Politics, University of Bristol: "How to Make the Adoption of an Alternative Policy on Sanctions More Likely"
  • [16kbps | 64kbps] Chris Doyle, Senior Information Officer, Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding: "Domestic Politics and Changing the Sanctions Regime"
  • [16kbps | 64kbps] QUESTION+ANSWER SESSION

Final session: [16kbps | 64kbps] Discussion: Bringing the arguments together - an opportunity for further discussion and debate of broader issues that have arisen from the Conference.

For general information about the conference, see the main conference page.


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