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The Universal Language of Business, a Guest Lecture by Gaylen Hansen

  Hansen gave a brief account about his personal background and also the beginning of his career as an accountant. The areas of discussion covered in the lecture included events shaping financial reporting, survey of financial reporting, development in financial reporting, and ethics in business. Hansen addressed the questions: "What are the major accounting credentials?” and “How can someone become a professional accountant?” He explained the importance of ethics in business, “The public expectations of all professionals, but especially those in accounting and finance are quite high," he said to business students attending his talk. Among the ethics traps that Hansen mentioned were the trap of lack of accountability, greed, and misplaced loyalty.  A podcast of the guest lecture will be available soon.  Reporting and photos by Bana Aso and Sara Aso (communications student volunteers)

Diplomatic Lecture Series: Patrick Simonnet, EU Ambassador to Iraq

  AUIS is proud to welcome the Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Iraq, Patrick Simonnet, for the inaugural talk in the new AUIS Diplomatic Lecture Series. He will be discussing the state of the EU-Iraq relations with the AUIS community.     The event is open to the AUIS community only.    Listen to Ambassador Simonnet's talk in this podcast.    Read more about the guest lecture here.       

War and Healthcare in Iraq: 1980 - 2016

This presentation looks at the impact of war on the Iraqi Health system from the beginning of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War to the present; including the 1991 Gulf War, the 2003 - 2011 US-led invasion, and the recent rise of ISIS and opposing militias. Mac Skelton is currently completing a PhD in Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. His doctoral research focuses on Iraqis' experiences of cancer care and therapeutic travel post-2003.  Skelton has co-published for The Lancet medical journal and is a contributor to Brown University's Costs of War project.

Guest Lecture: The Women of the Caliphate

  A guest lecture by Judit Neurink, journalist and author, to begin the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence campaign at AUIS. The event has been organized by the Center for Gender and Development Studies.  The women of the Caliphate: Slaves, mothers and jihadi brides With the battle to liberate Mosul raging: what do we know about the relationship between the Islamic group ISIS and women? It is a complex one. ISIS is keeping thousands of Yazidi women as sex slaves and treats them like animals. Western women have been recruited to give birth to the next generation of fighters. Some of them volunteer to work with a special police force that checks if women are abiding by the strict rules – acting no less brutal than the ISIS men. And as the latest development, it is said that ISIS is getting these women ready for suicide missions. All these women, both victims and perpetrators, play a role in the history now being written in Iraq and Syria. About the speaker Judit Neurink (1957) is a journalist and author from the Netherlands, a specialist on the Middle East who has been living and working in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq for the past eight years. She set up a media centre in Sulaymaniya (the Independent Media Centre in Kurdistan IMCK) to train journalists and teach politicians and police how to work with the media. Since leaving the centre, she works for Dutch and Belgian newspapers, radio and TV as well as international media. She has written six books, all of them connected to the Middle East, amongst them a novel about the Jews of Kurdistan, and the most recent ones focusing on the Islamic group ISIS. Her latest, ‘The women of the Caliphate’ gives a picture of women’s lives inside ISIS held territory, both victims and women who married into or were recruited by ISIS. She lives with her two Siamese cats in the capital of the Kurdistan Region, Erbil.  

US Foreign Policy, Selective Engagement, and Stabilization - A guest lecture by Dr. Denise Natali

A guest lecture by Dr. Denise Natali, a distinguished research fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS), National Defense University. She specializes in the Middle East, the trans-border Kurdish issue, regional energy security, and post-conflict state building. She spent more than two decades working and doing her research in the Kurdish regions of Iraq, Turkey, Iran and Syria.  Following the lecture, Dr. Natali will hold a roundtable discussion with students on the political situation in Iraq and the Kurdish Region.  See flyer below for more details To attend the event, please send an e-mail to the Institue of Regional and International Studies at  

A discussion with former Australian MP Wyatt Beau Roy - Guest Lecture

Former Member of Australian Parliament and Minister of Innovation Wyatt Roy is the youngest person elected to any Australian parliament at age 20, and also the youngest minister in the history of the Commonwealth. Mr. Roy is visiting AUIS to talk to the students about his career in politics as well as the regional dynamics and politics. The talk will include a Q&A with the audience. This talk is open only to the AUIS community. 


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