About IRIS

The Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) is a policy research center at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. IRIS provides in-depth analysis of the political, socioeconomic, and security issues facing the KRI, Iraq and the Middle East.

Issue Areas

IRIS aims to solve complex policy challenges across four key areas of governance:

  • Peace and Security
  • Economic reform and development
  • Governance and democracy
  • Social relations and civil society 

Our Approach

Understand. IRIS aims to cultivate fresh insights and a deeper understanding of complex policy challenges through rigorous research and analysis. IRIS’s research capacities are unique because of our access to local communities, government and other local stakeholders.    
Engage. IRIS brings policymakers, practitioners and affected communities to the same table. Through open dialogue via panels, roundtables and workshops, we unpack complex issues and offer insight drawn from both technical expertise and lived experience.
Act. We synthesize the insights from research and dialogue into actionable policy solutions. In doing so, we aim to ground academic insights in the realities faced by practitioners.

Institutional Partnerships

IRIS has partnered with leading institutions such as the London School of Economics, the Wilson Center, PAX, Exeter University, Chatham House, the Global Public Policy Institute, the International Organization for Migration, and UN Women on a variety of programs and projects.

Annual IRIS activity reports can be accessed here