Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq


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Policy Alternatives to Sanctions on Iraq

10-11 March 2001
Cambridge, UK

[Main conference page]


Audio recordings of the conference can be heard via the audio page.

Speaker biographies are available on the biographies page.

Note that each session included time for general discussion, questions, and debate.


Registration and coffee from 9.30

10.30-11.00 Welcome and Introduction by CASI

11.00-1.30: Geopolitics - Stability and Regional Security

  • 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"
  • 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"
  • George Joffé, Visiting Fellow, Centre for International Studies, University of Cambridge

2.30-4.00: Military Sanctions - Targeting Capabilities

  • Dr 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?"
  • Alistair Millar, Director, Washington DC Office of Fourth Freedom Forum: "Options for restructuring UN Sanctions on Iraq"

4.30-6.30: Human Rights

  • Siamand Banaa, Kurdistan Regional Government's Representative in the UK: "The Kurdish Safehavens: Past and Future under the Sanctions Regime"
  • Shorsh Haji
  • Rehana Kirthisingha, Programme Officer from Christian Aid's Middle East Team

There will be an informal reception for people to meet each other, later in the evening.


9.00-1.00 (with break): Infrastructure Rebuilding and Humanitarian Development

  • Professor Abbas Alnasrawi, University of Vermont: "Sanctions, Oil, Debt and the Future"
  • Dr Kamil Mahdi, Lecturer in the Economics of the Middle East, University of Exeter: "Economic Conditions: Implications for Development"
  • Michael Schneider, Lalive & Partners, Geneva: "The UN Compensation Commission"
  • William Morris, Secretary General, Next Century Foundation: "Iraq and the West, an Appraisal of the Policy Imperatives for an Exit Strategy"
  • Professor Richard Garfield, Columbia University: "Options for Reconstructing the Social and Human Infrastructure of Iraq"

2.00-4.00: Political Options for the US and UK Governments

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

4.30-6.00: 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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