Kanan Makiya is Senior Fellow and Professor Emeritus of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Brandeis University. His books include Republic of Fear: The Politics of Modern Iraq (1989) and Cruelty and Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising, and the Arab World (1993). In 2003, he founded the Iraq Memory Foundation, a NGO based in Baghdad and the US that is dedicated to issues of remembrance, violence, and identity formation.
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.