Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq


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Policy Alternatives to Sanctions on Iraq

10-11 March 2001
Cambridge, UK

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Speaker Biographies

Hussain Al-Shahristani trained as a nuclear chemist and became the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Iraqi Nuclear Energy Organisation until 1979. He was imprisoned in Iraq from 1979 till 1991 for refusing to work on the Nuclear Military Programme. He is currently Chairman of the Iraqi Refugee Aid Council.

Abbas Alnasrawi is a Professor of Economics at the University of Vermont. In the 1950s he was on the staff of the Central Bank of Iraq and the Ministry of Finance in Baghdad, Iraq. He is the author of five books including The Economy of Iraq: Oil, Wars, Destruction of Development and Prospects, 1950-2010 (1994), and OPEC in a Changing World Economy (1985). He has served as consultant to OPEC, UNESCO, UNDP, WIDER and UNCTAD.

Siamand Banaa is the official representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government in the UK. The KRG describes itself as, "the authority that rules over much of the liberated area of Iraqi Kurdistan. Its domain includes the provinces of Erbil and Duhok with the city of Erbil as its capital."

Chris Doyle is the Senior Information Officer at the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding. He is responsible for the information office and all the publications that it produces, as well as being involved with CAABU's Parliamentary work. He is a Visiting Lecturer at St. Mary's College, University of Surrey, lecturing on religion in the Middle East. He is also the Hon Secretary of Friends of Birzeit University, a trustee of Medical Aid for Palestinians and the Coordinator of the Joint Committee for Palestine.

Richard Garfield is currently a Professor at Columbia University, and a Visiting Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is a nurse and public health specialist focusing on countries with economic sanctions, including Yugoslavia, Haiti, Cuba, and Iraq. Has visited Iraq three times since 1996 to assess health conditions and assist UNICEF and the Ministry of Health in planning.

Shorsh Haji currently lectures in London. He spent two years as Deputy Director of a Human Rights Watch project compiling evidence, gathered during the Kurdish uprising of 1991, to attempt to bring the Iraqi regime to account for genocide in the International Court of Justice in the Hague.

Eric Herring is a Senior Lecturer in International Politics in the Department of Politics at the University of Bristol. Dr. Herring's publications include the following books: Danger and Opportunity: Explaining International Crisis Outcomes (1995); The Arms Dynamic in World Politics (co-authored with Barry Buzan, 1998); and Preventing the Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction (2000).

George Joffé is currently affiliated to the Centre of International Studies at Cambridge University, and to the Centre of International Studies at the London School of Economics. He also lectures at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Until 2000, he was Deputy Director of the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

Rehana Kirthisingha, Programme Officer from Christian Aid's Middle East Team

Kamil Mahdi is a lecturer in the Economics of the Middle East at the University of Exeter. His publications include Agriculture and the Rentier State in Iraq: Development, Stagnation and Problems of Reform to the 1970s (2000), Iraq's Economic Predicament (forthcoming), and Rehabilitation Prospects for the Iraqi Economy (in The International Spectator, July 1998).

Alistair Millar is Director of the Washington, DC Office of the Fourth Freedom Forum. He covers a wide variety of international security related issues with particular attention to sanctions, incentives and nuclear nonproliferation. Before joining the Forum, Mr. Millar was a Senior Analyst at the British American Security Information Council where he focused on European security issues.

William Morris is Secretary General of The Next Century Foundation, 15a Lowndes St, London SW1X 9EY. The Foundation is a registered charity founded by leading editors and businessmen working behind the scenes and in confidence to promote a climate of order and security in the international arena with the use of second track diplomacy, to enable the pursuit of peace and reconciliation. Mr. Morris will speak off the record.

Tim Niblock is Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Director of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter. His publications include Social and Economic Development in the Arab Gulf (1979), Iraq: the Contemporary State (1981), and Political and Economic Liberalisation in the Middle East (1992). He has recently published "Pariah States" and Sanctions in the Middle East: Iraq, Libya and Sudan (2001).

Michael E. Schneider practices law in Geneva, with emphasis on international arbitration and contracts. Mr. Schneider is the author of numerous publications including, How Fair and Efficient is the United Nations Compensation Commission System? A Model to Emulate? (Journal of International Arbitration, March 1998).

Charles Tripp is Head of the Department of Political Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). His publications include Iran and Iraq at War (with S. Chubin, 1988), The Iraqi Aggression against Kuwait (edited with W. Danspeckgruber, 1996), and A History of Iraq (2000).


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