IRIS hosted its flagship event, the Sulaimani Forum, on March 16th and 17th. The event is designed to bring prominent leaders, intellectuals and practitioners to the cultural hub of Sulaimani, Iraq to engage in meaningful dialogue and tackle the most complex issues facing the region. 

The fourth annual Sulaimani Forum took place after 100 years of the nation-state system in the Middle East. The past century has been one of transformation and tumult, as citizens of the region have struggled to establish economic, political and judicial systems in their respective countries. In recent years, these struggles have come to a head both peacefully and violently with the Arab Spring and the ISIS onslaught, forcing us to consider, more seriously than ever, how to chart a path forward. This year’s Forum will provide a venue to plot the course ahead on key issues including the war against ISIS, its ideology and the aftermath; migration and refugee crisis; the political economy of the region; and sovereignty and a new order in the 21st century.

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Panel Discussions

Day 1 - March 16, 2016

Click on the links below for details of the speakers, recap of the discussions in English, Arabic and Kurdish and videos of the panels. 

Panels: Day 2 - March 17, 2016

- See more on the Sulaimani Forum's official website.