On July 31, 2015, IRIS co-hosted an event at the DC-based Stimson Center titled “Threat of ISIS in Iraq: Views from the Ground”. AUIS graduates from Iraq, the KRI, and disputed territories joined through video links. The panel in DC featured Christine van den Toorn, Director of IRIS, Bilal Wahab, Director of the Center for Development and Natural Resources and Associate Professor at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, Ellen Laipson, President and CEO of the Stimson Center,and Geneive Abdo, a Fellow at Stimson Center and Brookings Institution/ DC and Iraq based participants focused on the nature of the ISIS threat, and the related territorial, demographic and socio-economic consequences in post-ISIS areas and how they would shape the future of Iraq. Iraqi Ambassador the the U.S. Lukman Faily delivered impromptu closing remarks on how U.S. policy can facilitate Iraq’s path forward.


For the full recording of the event, please click here.