I spent last Tuesday covering the first part of the Arab League summit, which was a meeting of economic ministers. The biggest events took place later in the week at the old Republican Palace; this one was at the Sheraton Hotel, which is right next to two landmarks of the Iraq War: Firdous Square, where Saddam’s iconic statue was pulled down in April 2003; and the Palestine Hotel, where many foreign journalists stayed during the invasion. I’ve posted a few pictures below.
I also wrote a dispatch for Foreign Policy about the Iraqi government’s $500 million effort to temporarily transform the capital into a city that could host a meeting of foreign dignitaries: online here. Enjoy!