As I’ve discussed previously on this blog, this winter The Fletcher School was pleased to welcome distinguished policymaker and former National Security Advisor of Iraq Dr. Mowaffak Baker al Rubaie for a six-week term as the school’s Senior Statesman in Residence. Last week, I had the opportunity to sit down with my good friend and ask him about his views on the current situation in Iraq and the Middle East through the lenses of security, economic development and politics.

“The next election on the 30th of April is a crossroads for us. Either we cross the ethnic, religious and sectarian boundaries, or we stay entrenched in our own dungeons of sectarian and ethnic violence.” — Dr. Mowaffak al Rubaie

Dr. Rubaie also reflects on his time at Fletcher and on its international community of practitioners, researchers and intellectuals. I hope to be able to welcome him again soon to The Fletcher School.

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