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Rebuilding the State: Reconstruction, Centre-Periphery Relations, & Civil Society

Hosted at the University of Mosul on June 17, 2019, this panel discussed the challenges to rebuilding the state in Iraq, with a particular emphasis on reconstructing recently liberated areas, negotiating power-sharing between provinces and the central government, and understanding the role of civil society in the process. The panel facilitated debate on contemporary research on statehood to showcase the shift in discourse on structures of governance and security. This panel was organized by Chatham...

Iraq’s Crisis of Governance after the Basra Protests

On June 6, 2019 in Washington, DC, The Middle East Institute (MEI) and the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani were pleased to host a panel to discuss escalating tensions among Iraqis, rising threats of a U.S.-Iran war, and the impact of these dynamics on the future of Iraq. The full video can be viewed HERE .

Last summer’s mass protests in Iraq’s...

Rebuilding the Iraqi State: Spotlight on Basra

On April 16, 2019 The Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at AUIS hosted a symposium and panel discussion titled "Rebuilding the Iraqi State: Spotlight on Basra," co-hosted with the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). Speakers included:

- Renad Mansour (Moderator): Chatham House & IRIS
- Dhia Al-Asadi: Former Minister and MP (Ahrar Bloc)
- Jasim Al-Helfi: Iraqi Communist Party
- Belkis Wille: Human Rights...

Dr. Clifford Shultz on Sustainable Peace

On Thursday, March 7, 2019 IRIS hosted Dr. Clifford Schultz, Professor of Marketing at Loyola University Chicago, for a discussion with AUIS students in coordination with the sixth annual Sulaimani Forum. His lecture, “Toward Sustainable Peace, Prosperity and Well-being: Comparative Lessons from Recovering Economies,” focused on the complex dynamics of socio-economic development in post-conflict economies. He used previous examples from his fieldwork in southeast Asia, and Cambodia in particular, to highlight the various aspects of...

Peace-Building and Conflict Resolution with Rahman Aljebouri

On Wednesday, February 13, IRIS hosted Rahman Aljebouri, the current president of the Political Leadership and Governance Development Academy in Baghdad and former Associate Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the National Endowment for Democracy, to teach the first master class of the Peace and Conflict Fellowship. The theme of his masterclass was peace-building and conflict resolution. Dr. Aljebouri’s class covered specific themes within the context of conflict...

IRIS Hosts Mosulgraphy Photographer Ali Al Baroodi

On Thursday, November 15, 2018 IRIS hosted a discussion with Mosulgraphy photographer Ali Al Baroodi. Baroodi discussed the development of his passion for photography, the various places he had traveled and photographed, and his experience of photographing Mosul both under ISIS and in the aftermath of ISIS occupation. He relayed his experience progressing from his phone camera in 2006 and 2007 to a professional Sony 30x Zoom after having the opportunity to...

The Kurds After the ‘Caliphate:’ How the Decline of ISIS Has Impacted the Kurds of Iraq and Syria

On Sunday, November 4, 2018, IRIS Fellow and King’s College PhD candidate John Holland-McCowan, hosted a presentation and discussion about a recent report he published through the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College London, “The Kurds After the ‘Caliphate’: How the Decline of ISIS has Impacted the Kurds of Iraq and Syria.” He began with a brief history of major turning points in the recent history of the...

Political Speechwriting and US Foreign Policy: A Conversation with Daniel Benaim

On Wednesday, October 24, 2018 IRIS hosted Daniel Benaim, a former speechwriter in the White House and State Department and current senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, to discuss political speechwriting and U.S. foreign policy with AUIS students and faculty. He began his discussion with the importance of storytelling with succinct arguments and truthful and empathetic representations of political leaders and their social and political endeavors. In order to be...

The United Nations, Peacebuilding, and the Middle East

On Tuesday, October 19, IRIS hosted Dr. Peter Bartu for a discussion on the United Nations, Peacebuilding, and the Middle East.

Dr. Bartu is an expert on political transitions in the Middle East, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Gulf States. In 2011 he was a member of the UN’s stand-by mediation team and worked in Benghazi and Tripoli during the Libyan revolution. In 2008-2009 he led a United Nations team...

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