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Iraq Votes 2018: Election Mobilization Strategies

This pre election paper focuses on the election mobilization strategies at the central government level in Baghdad, in Shia provinces in the south, in recently liberated areas, and in the Iraqi Kurdistan region. The strategies provide glimpses not only into the way Iraqi politicians attempt to claim popular legitimacy, but more critically, into the country’s political environment and trajectory after the elections. The paper then concludes with an analysis of the key trends, changes and challenges in these elections, and the impact they may have on Iraq’s political future.

IRIS Hosts U.S. Consul General in Erbil, Ken Gross

On November 28, 2017, IRIS hosted the United States Consul General in Erbil, Ken Gross, at an event titled “Charting a Path Forward for the Kurdistan Region and Iraq” to discuss U.S., regional and local policies in the aftermath of the referendum and the war against ISIS. Consul General Gross spoke on a panel with AUIS professors, Drs. Akeel Abbas, Alan Noory, and Barin Kayaoglu, moderated by IRIS Director Christine van den Toorn.