Sulaimani Forum 2019

Below are links of the program, livestream video, and photos of the event: Access the program of the sixth annual Sulaimani Forum here. Access videos of the sixth annual Sulaimani Forum here . Access photos from the sixth annual Sulaimani Forum here and here . On March 6 and 7,... Read More

A Conversation with NED VP Brian Joseph

On September 19, 2019, IRIS hosted a roundtable discussion with Brian Joseph of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) entitled "Promoting Democracy in the Post-9/11 Era." Mr. Joseph spoke about the problems that arise when democracy promotion programs ignore the specific local conditions impacting citizen engagement . Democratic institutions and... Read More

IRIS Hosts Second Class of Iraq Leadership Fellows (ILF)

On October 21-23, 2018, The Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) hosted the first session of the Iraq Leadership Fellows (ILF) program class of 2018/19. The session was followed by two more sessions that took place in March and July, 2019... Read More

Iraq’s Crisis of Governance after the Basra Protests

On June 6, 2019 in Washington, DC, The Middle East Institute (MEI) and the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani were pleased to host a panel to discuss escalating tensions among Iraqis, rising threats of a U.S.-Iran war, and the impact of... Read More

Rebuilding the Iraqi State: Spotlight on Basra

On April 16, 2019 The Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at AUIS hosted a symposium and panel discussion titled "Rebuilding the Iraqi State: Spotlight on Basra," co-hosted with the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). Speakers included: - Renad Mansour (Moderator): Chatham House & IRIS - Dhia... Read More

Dr. Clifford Shultz on Sustainable Peace

On Thursday, March 7, 2019 IRIS hosted Dr. Clifford Schultz, Professor of Marketing at Loyola University Chicago, for a discussion with AUIS students in coordination with the sixth annual Sulaimani Forum. His lecture, “Toward Sustainable Peace, Prosperity and Well-being: Comparative Lessons from Recovering Economies,” focused on the complex dynamics of... Read More

Peace-Building and Conflict Resolution with Rahman Aljebouri

On Wednesday, February 13, IRIS hosted Rahman Aljebouri, the current president of the Political Leadership and Governance Development Academy in Baghdad and former Associate Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the National Endowment for Democracy, to teach the first master class of the Peace and Conflict Fellowship... Read More

IRIS Hosts Mosulgraphy Photographer Ali Al Baroodi

On Thursday, November 15, 2018 IRIS hosted a discussion with Mosulgraphy photographer Ali Al Baroodi. Baroodi discussed the development of his passion for photography, the various places he had traveled and photographed, and his experience of photographing Mosul both under ISIS and in the aftermath of ISIS occupation. He relayed... Read More