The Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at AUIS hosted the third session of the Iraq Leadership Fellows (ILF) Program at AUIS from June 22-24, 2018. This third session marked the final training workshop for the 2017-2018 ILF cohort, which gathered for an inaugural session in Beirut, Lebanon in October 2017. Fellows began the session on June 22 with a review and evaluation of made on their individual campaigns, followed by a discussion on lessons learned and areas of improvement. The cohort also analyzed potential effects of the recent Iraqi elections on their campaigns.

Day two of the session largely focused on the Ladder of Inference, an examination of decision-making processes, as well as messaging related to the fellows’ campaigns. The session ended on June 24 with a final presentation of the fellows’ revised campaigns and distribution of certificates. The ILF Program equips young, engaged Iraqis with skills on campaigning, community organizing, and advocacy techniques through training workshops led by international instructors. Through the course of the program, the nearly two dozen fellows who represent various ethnicities, sects, and professional backgrounds have worked on individual campaigns under the supervision and guidance of mentors.

The ILF Program is supported by Konrad Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the GPD Charitable Trust. Read more about the first workshop here and the second workshop here.