Iraqi national security adviser Falih al-Fayyadh visited the Hoover Institution from Monday, October 24 to Tuesday, October 25, 2011. Al-Fayyadh met with Taube Director of the Hoover Institution John Raisian, Hoover fellows (including William J. Perry, David Brady, Victor Davis Hanson, Stephen Krasner, Henry Rowen, Amy Zegart), and Stanford faculty for a roundtable luncheon discussion. Discussion ranged from Iraqi relations with Iran, Turkey, and Israel to the role of the United States in Iraq going forward, particularly in light of President Obama’s announcement of US troop withdrawal from Iraq.
Richard Sousa, senior associate director and director of the library and archives, along with Lisa Nguyen, curator of the East Asian collection, gave Al-Fayyadh a tour of the Hoover Institution. In the afternoon, Al-Fayyadh met with Sousa, Nguyen, and Hoover staff to review and discuss current and future cooperation between the Iraqi government and the Hoover Institution.
Falih al-Fayyadh was appointed by Prime Minister Maliki in January 2011. He has been a member since 1973 of the Dawa Party, the current ruling party. Al-Fayyadh is director of National Reconciliation; president of the Supreme Committee for the security, communications, and information; vice-chairman of the National Coordination of Intelligence; and deputy minister of state for national security affairs.