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Meedan Liveblogs a USIP Discussion with the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq

Today the United States Institute of Peace is hosting an event at 10 EST (15GMT) to discuss Iraq on the Eve of the National Elections. Since the Iraqi national elections are less than two months away on March 7, 2010, Christopher Hill, the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, will be conducting a discussion on the possibilities for representative politics in Iraq.

On the heels of the recent election law debate in Iraq, Hill will address the possibilities for having secure and fair elections in an atmosphere dominated by sectarian tensions and punctuated by terrorist attacks. And as the United States prepares to withdraw from the Iraq by 2012, Hill will be asking, What is the role of the U.S. and the international community in assisting? What are the challenges to forming a stable government in the aftermath? He will be taking public questions as well, and Meedan will be front and center as our livebloggers Simba Russeau and Ahmed Ragab respectively report from Lebanon and Cairo at our web event here.

Dr. Richard Solomon, the President of the United States Institute of Peace, will make introductory remarks, and William B. Taylor, the Vice President of the Center for Post-Conflict Peace and Stability Operations at the United States Institute of Peace, will moderate.

The event will be hosted at: The United States Institute of Peace, 1200 17th Street, NW Second Floor Conference Room Washington, D.C. 20036

and will also be webcast here.

Join us and comment on our liveblog!