Gary Kent has worked in Parliament for 27 years and is Director of Labour Friends of Iraq and of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Kurdistan Region in Iraq. He writes a weekly column, Window on Westminster, for Rudaw and writes here in a strictly personal capacity.
Our Voice of the Week is Dr Tamara Cofman Wittes, speaking at an IISS event in London, which asked: Is the US abandoning the Middle East? Dr Wittes is a Senior Fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. The event was chaired by Emile Hokayem and took place on 4 March 2019.