Event: ‘Iran’s Ambitions in Iraq’


Mithul Al-Alusi

TIME: Monday 25th January, 13:00-14:00

VENUE: Committee Room 9, House of Commons, SW1A 0AA

SPEAKER: Mithul Al-Alusi, Leader of the Iraqi Ummah Party 

To attend please RSVP to: rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org


It is no secret that Iran has long been in pursuit of regional dominance in the Middle East. For decades Iranian proxies have been stoking instability and violence throughout the region’s most troubled states. In Lebanon, Yemen, Syria, Gaza and Bahrain, Iran has used local conflicts and deep seated sectarian rivalries to advance its own agenda. Iraq has been no exception. Indeed, Iranian officials have long boasted of Baghdad being one of numerous Arab capitals that function as little more than satellites of Tehran. Now efforts to rebuild Iraq and to combat Islamic State forces look set to be jeopardised by the growing power and influence of the Iraqi Shia militias that operate at the behest of their Iranian overseers. As Iraq’s government becomes ever more dependent on these extremist militant groups to hold back Islamic State, so the prospect an Iranian takeover of Iraq becomes an increasingly dangerous possibility. Should Iraq continue on this trajectory then observers fear the stage may well be set for an even more explosive clash between Iran and rival powers in the region.

By kind invitation of Bob Blackman MP, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Mithul Al-Alusi, leader of the Iraqi Democratic Nation Party. A prominent Iraqi politician, Mr Al-Alusi will provide a readout of Iran’s interventions in Iraq’s politics, and what the future may hold.

To attend, please RSVP to rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org – RSVPs must include your full name and any affiliations including for any guests you wish to bring. We will send a confirmation that will be required to attend the event.

Speaker Biography

Mithul Al-Alusi is leader of the Iraqi Ummah Party. In 1976 he was sentenced to death while studying in Cairo for trying to undermine Saddam Hussein, and went into exile in Germany where he worked as a businessman, before returning to Iraq in October 2003 to join the Iraqi National Congress. In October 2004 he founded the Iraqi Democratic Nation Party, an Iraqi Secular liberal party, with Iyad Al-Jubouri. He was elected to the Iraqi Council of Representatives as an independent between 15th December 2005 and 7th March 2010.


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