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Toward Economic Recovery and Food Security in Post-DAESH Iraq: A Framework for Governance Moving Forward

Conflict drives farmers from their land, disrupts economic activities, and prevents people from access to markets. It threatens food security by harming domestic agricultural production, damaging food markets, and hindering people’s access to income. In Iraq, the recent war against DAESH has resulted in massive food insecurity, and profoundly affected the country's food system. This report describes current food insecurity in multiple post-DAESH towns in Iraq through the lens of economic recovery. It shows that...

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.

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AUIS Global Entrepreneurship Week

On November 16, 2017, IRIS hosted an informal discussion and Q & A session with entrepreneurs in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (“GEW”), a weeklong worldwide event hosted by the Global Entrepreneurship Network (“GEN”). GEN is a group aimed at providing support to aspiring entrepreneurs through access to investors, researchers, and policymakers across 170 countries. Each year since November 2008, it has hosted GEW to celebrate...

Iraq's Economy after ISIS: An Investor's Perspective

Iraq's potential as a post-conflict investment opportunity has slowly improved since the fall of Mosul in 2014, but political and legal obstacles must be overcome before the country can attract significant investment. In this report, IRIS non-resident fellow and Chief Investment Officer of AFC Iraq Fund, Ahmed Tabaqchali, explains the history of optimism and pessimism over Iraq's investment environment, and future prospects and opportunities for attracting interest. Click here or on the image below...

Water Resources Management in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

While water crises are commonly framed as natural hazards or the result of suboptimal economic outcomes, they are quite often the consequence of short-sighted political decisions. From this perspective, the IRIS fellow Alessandro Tinti engaged with government officials, environmental activists, and international experts in the water sector to identify pressing issues and priority areas.

The outcome of this research is this report, which has a twofold purpose: (1) to illustrate...

Guest Lecture: State-building and Nationalism with Dr. Faleh Jabbar

On September 17, 2017, IRIS hosted a lecture by Dr. Faleh Jabbar on the topics of “State-building and Nationalism in the Middle East.” Dr. Jabbar focused on the historical evolution of nationalism and related it to recent events in the Kurdistan Region, including the upcoming referendum. Students and professors from many disciplines, including International Relations, Engineering, and Business Administration, attended the lecture.

Dr. Jabbar began with a broad definition of...

U.S. & Turkish Foreign Policy, Post-ISIS Iraq & the KRG Referendum on Independence

On September 12, 2017, IRIS hosted a guest lecture on foreign policy perspectives of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) referendum for independence. Speakers included Dr. Denise Natali, Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at the National Defense University (NDU), Dr. Akeel Abbas, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at AUIS, and Dr. Barin Kayaoglu, Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at AUIS.

Natali opened...

AUIS Hosts IOG’s Workshop on Fiscal Federalism, Decentralization and Resilience Building Project in Iraq

The two days workshop consisted of seven comprehensive sessions about Iraq’s financial laws and ways to decentralize financial management.

On August 17 and 18, 2017, IRIS and AUIS hosted a two days Financial Management Law Workshop part of the Fiscal Federalism, Decentralization and Resilience Building Project in Iraq. The three-year project is jointly led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Institute on Governance ...

Qadiriyya in Iraqi Kurdistan: Religious continuity and change

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...

IRIS fellow hosts a seminar titled "Beyond the Oil Curse: A political ecology of oil"

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. Starting from the claim that high dependency to oil exports adversely affects a country’s economic performance, political regime, and civil war onset, Tinti adopted a comparative perspective, prompting the students to...