Symposium: Conflict, Environment and Health

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On February 5, 2023, the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) hosted “Research Symposium on Conflict, Environment and Health.” The purpose of the symposium was to bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers (social scientists, environmental scientists, and medical practitioners) from across Iraq and beyond to explore linkages between war, health, and the environment in Iraq. Presentations addressed three general themes:

  1. New directions in environmental science & health research and policy
  2. Emerging research on antimicrobial resistance in Iraq & implications for healthcare and health policy
  3. Existing research on environmental exposure and cancer incidence 


  • Dr. Mac Skelton, American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (co-chair)
  • Dr. Omar Dewachi, Anthropology & Medicine, Rutgers University (co-chair)
  • Dr. Sabah Khudhair YAS, MSF Brussels
  • Dr. Zakariya Raki Tawfeek Al-Bakry, MSF Brussels
  • Dr. Riyadh Lafta, Mustansiriyah Medical School
  • Dr. Shukri Al-Hassen, Department of Geography, Basra University
  • Dr. Basim Aladhadh, Mustansiriyah Medical School
  • Mr. Wim Zwijnenburg, PAX – Netherlands

The event was conducted as part of the Iraq Climate Dialogue.

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