On July 6, 2017, IRIS hosted a symposium with Camilla Insom, anthropologist and Ph.D. candidate (Missione Archeologica Italiana nel Kurdistan Iracheno della Sapienza, Università di Roma & IsIAO), who met with AUIS students and faculty members to explore the historical transformation of Sufism in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), with a particular focus on the Sufi order of Qadiriyya. She has, since 2013, worked on documenting Sufi shrines in the region.
On June 12, 2017, IRIS fellow Alessandro Tinti gave a seminar titled "Beyond the Oil Curse: A political ecology of oil," where AUIS students were brought to learn and discuss the key issues surrounding the "oil curse" debate.
The Task Force on the Future of Iraq of the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, of which IRIS Director Christine van den Toorn is a member, published its first full-lenght report, including recommendations on how how the United States could best protect its national security interests and promote Iraqi interests through targeted and effective engageme
IRIS Research Fellow and Ph.D. candidate at Johns Hopkins University, James 'Mac' Skelton, recently published the preliminary findings from his research in Iraq in The Journal of Global Oncology. The piece, titled "Oncology in Iraq’s Kurdish Region: Navigating Cancer, War, and Displacement," was also co-authored by Layth Y.I.
Now in its fifth year, the Sulaimani Forum is a high-level policy conference that explores issues facing the Middle East region, with a particular focus on Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. Over the course of two days, scholars, experts, and policymakers from around the world convene to discuss current trends, pressing challenges, and points of conflict in the Middle East.
The fifth annual Sulaimani Forum, which took place on March 8 and 9, 2017, is featured in the "Special Supplement" section of the April 6, 2017 issue of Inside Iraqi Politics, a strategic intelligence review on Iraq.
The full issue is available via subscriptions only. More information can be found here.
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