Iraqi vice president Tariq al-Hashimi discusses the situation in Iraq, particularly the Shia-Sunni sectarian conflict. Anne L. Garrels, senior correspondent for National Public Radio, presides- Council on Foreign Relations
Tariq al-Hashimi is vice president of Iraq. He took office in April 2006. Vice President Hashimi hails from Baghdad, Iraq and is the secretary general of the Iraqi Islamic party, the largest party in the Sunni Arab political bloc (also known as the Tawafuq). He has been a member of the Iraqi Islamic party since 1960. Prior to becoming vice president, he had a two-decade career in the private sector, both as a marketing director for United Arab Shipping in Kuwait through the 1980s and more recently as the head of an Iraqi trading company. He served as an officer in the Iraqi army from 1975-79.
Anne L. Garrels
Anne Garrels is a senior foreign correspondent for NPR's foreign desk. She has spent the past four years in Iraq, covering the country under Saddam Hussein's regime and through the U.S. invasion and its aftermath. She earned international recognition in 2003 by being one of sixteen U.S. journalists to remain in Baghdad during the initial phase of the war.