On May 24th and 25th, 2016, the University of Exeter and IRIS hosted a research workshop at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) on the question of Iraq’s disputed territories (DIBs). Over a dozen officials and experts from the DIBs as well as from Erbil and Baghdad were in attendance for focus group discussions on the current context in the areas, some of them liberated over the past year from ISIS. They included representatives from Diyala (Jalawla, Saadiya, Khanaqin), Salahaddin (Tuz Khurmatu, Sleiman Beg, and the Salahaddin Provincial Council), Ninewa (Sinjar and the Provincial Council), Sulaimani, Baghdad, Erbil, and Kirkuk.

This exercise research was part of a major project on Iraq’s disputed territories funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and jointly led by both the University of Exeter and the University of Birmingham. More information on this initiative can be found here