Militia State: A Panel Discussion on Iraq and its Predatory Militias

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Please join us for a panel discussion with Baria Alamuddin at the launch of her book, Militia State, about paramilitary groups in Iraq.

This event will also include contributions from two distinguished former British ambassadors, Sir William Patey and Sir John Jenkins, along with Lieutenant General Sir Graeme Lamb, the former Senior British Military Representative in Iraq.

Militia State details how Iraq has been steadily stripped of its sovereignty, identity and the essence of statehood by predatory militias, aided and abetted by the Iranian regime. This is the story of the journey from nation-statehood to militia-statehood and is principally concerned with the Iraqi militia coalition known as Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi (the Popular Mobilisation Forces, PMF).

In this wide-ranging discussion, the panellists will reflect on the malign consequences of Iran’s interference across the Middle East. They will also discuss how Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi’s most significant paramilitary forces were mobilised and the nature of Iran’s destabilising agenda in the region.

Baria Alamuddin is an award-winning international journalist and broadcaster. Over the course of her career, she has interviewed numerous world leaders and hundreds of global politicians, diplomats and cultural figures. For many years, she was Editor-at-Large for the leading Arab newspaper Al-Hayat, and she is now a columnist for Arab News.

Militia State is published on 24 March 2022 by Nomad Publishing.

A drinks reception will be held, after the discussion, from 18:00 to 19:00.

How to attend

This will be held as a hybrid event at the National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2HE and online via Zoom.

The event is open to RUSI members and invited guests. If you wish to attend in-person, we kindly ask you to wear a face mask at the venue.

To participate, you must pre-register no later than 29 March. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.

For any further queries, please e-mail Conor O’Shea, Events Manager, at

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