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Feb. 22: Public Lecture on “Unraveling Iraq” with Emma Sky & Rajiv Chandrasekaran

February 19, 2016

Join the Jackson School of International Studies for a special evening with British author and Middle East expert Emma Sky interviewed by bestselling author and journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran on “Unraveling Iraq.”

Sky will speak about her latest book: The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq, which The New York Times has named as one of 100 Notable Books of 2015, and The Guardian called “…a detailed and darkly humorous account that tries to understand everyone involved, Iraqis and Americans, on their own terms … an indispensible tool for understanding the background to this failure [in Iraq].”

Long-time journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran, who authored a bestselling book on Iraq, Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone, will then engage Sky and the audience in conversation about the U.S. and the Middle East.

Following the lecture, a light reception will be held in Walker Ames, Kane Hall.


Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

7:00 p.m. in Kane Hall, Room 120, University of Washington

This event is free and open to the public.

About Emma Sky

Emma Sky is Director of Yale World Fellows and a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute, where she teaches Middle East politics. She is the author of The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraqemma_sky_web

Emma served as advisor to the Commanding General of U.S. Forces in Iraq from 2007-2010; as advisor to the Commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in 2006; as advisor to the U.S. Security Co-ordinator for the Middle East Peace Process in 2005; and as Governorate Co-ordinator of Kirkuk for the Coalition Provisional Authority, 2003-2004.

Prior to that, Emma worked in the Palestinian territories for a decade, managing projects to develop Palestinian institutions; and to promote co-existence between Israelis and Palestinians. In addition, Emma has provided technical assistance on poverty elimination, human rights, justice public administration reform, security sector reform, and conflict resolution in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa.

Emma has published numerous articles including in The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Politico, The Atlantic, Slate, Survival, Center for a New American Security, U.S. Institute of Peace, the Guardian, and the Journal of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies. She is an Officer of the British Empire.


About Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Rajiv Chandrasekaran is a senior vice president for public affairs at the Starbucks Coffee Company and the executive producer of the company’s social-impact media initiatives. Prior to joining Starbucks, he was a senior correspondent and associate editor of The Washington Post, where he worked for two decades as a journalist and bureau chief in Baghdad, Cairo and Southeast Asia. He also served as the Post’s national editor and as an assistant managing editor. Rajiv-headshot_webv3

In 2014, he and Howard Schultz wrote the bestselling book For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism and Sacrifice. Chandrasekaran is the author of two other bestselling books: Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan and Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone, which was named one of the ten best books of 2007 by The New York Times and inspired the movie Green Zone.

Chandrasekaran has twice served as a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and as a journalist in residence at the International Reporting Project at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. He sits on the board of directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

This event is co-sponsored by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation and the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Center for Global Studies and the Middle East Center. The Middle East Center’s sponsorship of this event does not imply that the Center endorses the content of the event.

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