On October 22, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings hosted Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih for a conversation on the challenges facing the Government of Iraq. Twice elected to parliament as a member of the Democratic Patriotic Alliance of Kurdistan list, the second largest parliamentary bloc, Salih has served in every Iraqi government since June 2004.
Before joining the Iraqi government, Salih was Prime Minister of the Kurdistan regional government in Sulaimani for three years. In that role he worked closely with the United States and oversaw a period of economic growth and reconstruction.
Brookings Senior Fellow and Saban Center Director Martin Indyk moderated the discussion.