Islamic State: Motivations and Implications for New

Motivations and
Implications for
New Zealand
Parliament Buildings, Grand Hall
Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 6pm-7:30pm
RSV (acceptance only) by midday 23 February
Attendance is free; registrations start from 5:20pm
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Mark Mitchell
Patrick Gower
MP for Rodney
Political Editor of 3 News
Chairman of the Foreign
Affairs, Defence and
Trade Select Committee
H.E. Mouayed Saleh
Ambassador of the Republic
of Iraq to Australia and New
H.E. Jonathan Sinclair
British High Commissioner to
New Zealand
Terence O’Brien
Former Ambassador
including to the UNSC
Senior Fellow at CSS
Prof Paul Morris
Director of Religious
Studies at Victoria
University of Wellington
Maty Nikkhou-O’Brien
Founding Director of
Expertise in international
relations, foreign policy and
the Middle East
Enquires and more information
M: +64 (0)21 669 480
E: mnobrien[at]
Mariane Elliot
Prof Robert Patman
Human Rights Lawyer
Peace Advocate at UN
Mission to Afghanistan
National Director of
Action Station
Head of Department of
Politics at University of
Prof Robert Ayson
Professor of strategic
Studies at Victoria
University of Wellington
Parliament Buildings, Grand Hall
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 6pm-7:30pm
The barbarity of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has shocked the world.
ISIL has exploited insecurity in parts of Iraq and Syria to grow into a potent force and
many nations agree that something must be done. The public debate on what
specifically New Zealand can do, and should do, has been largely confined to the
character of a military involvement: "behind the wire" training or something else?
Discussion on root causes for ISIL and how these are best addressed, has been limited.
In this panel discussion, Diplosphere will explore the background that has given rise to
ISIL, propose the ways of addressing the root causes of extremism, and question how
newly minted UN Security Council-member New Zealand can leverage its strengths for
a lasting resolution, in this troubled part of the world.
RSVP by acceptance only by midday 23 February