Often described as Iraq’s elder statesman, Dr Adnan Pachachi has enjoyed one of the longest political careers of modern times, domestically and on the world stage. In a life spanning nine decades, he has served his country as ambassador to the UN and as Foreign Minister, and has worked tirelessly to establish a secularist and anti-sectarian political culture in Iraq. At the UN, where he was an eloquent advocate of the Palestinian cause, he was admired for his mastery of procedure and his debating skills.