The Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) is an independent research center based in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) and housed at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. The Institute is funded through grants and contracts from donor institutions and countries. Recently IRIS has partnered with and/or received funding from UN Women, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the London School of Economics (LSE), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, and Chatham House on a variety of programs and research projects. The Institute provides in-depth analysis of the political, socioeconomic, and security issues facing Iraq and the Middle East based on rigorous on-the-ground fieldwork. In addition to research, IRIS convenes workshops, roundtables, trainings, and lectures throughout the year, all of which aim to engage leaders from various sectors in Iraq and the international community, together with academics, analysts, practitioners and the general public. The Sulaimani Forum is the Institute’s signature annual event hosted by IRIS at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. The event is designed to establish dialogue between senior government officials and international diplomats on the most complex issues facing Iraq and the region. Finally, IRIS develops the policy and diplomatic leaders of tomorrow through programs such as a the Iraq Leadership Fellows (ILF).