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Press Release - 31 October 2005

Top soldier & diplomat discuss future of Iraq at public lecture

The diplomat with chief responsibility for Iraq and a senior army officer who commanded British forces in Basra will give their personal views on the future of Iraq at a free public lecture at the University of Bath next week (Thursday 3 November 2005, 6.15 pm).

Dominic Asquith, Director for Iraq at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and Brigadier Paul Gibson, who earlier this year commanded an armoured brigade in Iraq and is now at the Royal College of Defence Studies, will give their personal opinions on what the future holds for Iraq.

With the start of the trial of Saddam Hussein, the ratification of a new Iraqi constitution and the number of US military fatalities passing 2,000, the two speakers are giving their views at a vital time for Iraq.

Brigadier Gibson will outline eight key aspects of Iraqi nation-building and offer suggestions as to the coalition's proper role in each of them.

“This lecture comes at a crucial point in time for Iraq, with the constitution just approved, and I look forward to hearing the personal views of these two very distinguished individuals,” said Professor Stefan Wolff, Professor of Politics at the University of Bath who has extensive expertise in Iraq, the Middle East, Northern Ireland and the Balkans.

“The security situation in Iraq, however, does not seem to show any significant improvement, and the important question is whether it will be possible for coalition forces to be withdrawn any time soon.”

The lecture, organised by the University of Bath and the Royal Society of Arts, will take place in 8 West 1.1 at 6.15 on Thursday 3 November 2005. Tickets are free but need to be reserved from Sheila Willmott on 01225 386 631.


The media are welcome to attend this event. For further information and to register, please contact Andrew McLaughlin in the University of Bath Press Office on 01225 386 883 or 07966 341 357.

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