Dialogue on Iraqi Minority Communities
On November 18, 2008, representatives of several Iraqi minority communities and interested observers convened at the Elliott School of International Affairs for a “Dialogue” on the situation of minority communities in Iraq. The objective was to give participants an opportunity to raise and to discuss the difficult issues faced by Iraq's minority communities and to examine possible actions that might be taken to maintain these communities as vital components of the Iraqi nation.
The dialogue was convoked under Chatham House rules, meaning that participants, panelists and speakers were encouraged to speak forthrightly and candidly with the understanding that there would be no attribution of remarks to a specific person outside the event. In accordance with those guidelines, there follows a summation of the discussions. In this compilation we have attempted to provide as much specificity as possible given the guidelines under which the event was held.