March 3, 2024

UMW to Host Iraqi Ambassador for Foreign Policy Lecture

The University of Mary Washington will host Iraqi Ambassador Lukman Faily for a presentation on “Challenges of Iraqi Foreign Policy, Status and Prospective” on Wed., January 28.   Iraqi Ambassador Lukman Faily The ambassador’s lecture will outline the new government’s approach to foreign policy. 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. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in Monroe Hall, Room 346. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and speak with Ambassador Faily during a brief reception immediately following the program. The event is free and open to the public. Faily has held the position of Iraq’s ambassador to the United States since July 2013, and previously served as Iraq’s ambassador to Japan for three years. Prior to joining the diplomatic corps, Faily spent 20 years working in the Information Technology sector for several transnational companies while living in the United Kingdom. Ambassador Faily 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. For more information about the lecture, please contact Nabil Al-Tikriti, associate professor of history, at (540) 654-1481 or News release prepared by:  Erika Spivey

Nabil Al-Tikriti

Nabil Al-Tikriti, associate professor of history, made presentations entitled “Shifting Borders and State Prerogatives: Iraqi Provincial Border Changes from the Ottoman Era to Today” at the July WOCMES conference in Barcelona, “Messiah Lovers, Sola Scriptura, and the Early Evolution of both an Ottoman Islam and Protestantism” at the October WHA conference in Istanbul, and “Iraqi Provincial Border Changes from the Ottoman Era to Today” at the November JIIA Workshop on the Developing Environment of Middle East Peace in Tokyo.  He also submitted book reviews of Adeed Dawisha’s Iraq: A Political History from Independence to Occupation for the International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, and Orit Bashkin’s The Other Iraq: Pluralism and Culture in Hashemite Iraq for the quarterly journal History: Reviews of New Books.