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

The United Nations, Peacebuilding, and the Middle East

On Tuesday, October 19, IRIS hosted Dr. Peter Bartu for a discussion on the United Nations, Peacebuilding, and the Middle East. Dr. Bartu is an expert on political transitions in the Middle East, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Gulf States. In 2011 he was a member of the UN’s stand-by... Read More

Open Discussion with Yara Salem, World Bank Special Representative to Iraq

On Wednesday, October 17, 2018 IRIS and the AUIS Entrepreneurship Initiative hosted an open discussion with Yara Salem, the World Bank’s Special Representative to Iraq, during Women’s Entrepreneurship Week October 13-20. The discussion focused on existing World Bank initiatives in the context of Iraq’s reconstruction, rebuilding, and financial management. It... Read More

Open Discussion: The Rise of Populism in Europe and the Middle East

On Wednesday, September 12, 2018 IRIS Fellow and London School of Economics PhD candidate Nicola Degli Esposti hosted an open discussion about the rise of populism in Europe. He discussed the recent polarization of European politics and emergence of anti-establishment parties on both sides of the political spectrum. He cited... Read More

IRIS Hosts Third Iraq Leadership Fellows Workshop

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... Read More