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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 mediation team and worked in Benghazi and Tripoli during the Libyan revolution. In 2008-2009 he led a United Nations team...

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,...

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 the Spanish left-wing Podemos party as an example of anti-establishment sentiment from the left aimed at highlighting corruption and inequality...

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 October 2017. Fellows began the session on June 22 with a review and evaluation of made on their individual campaigns, followed by...

IRIS Hosts Second Session of Iraq Leadership Fellows (ILF)

The Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) hosted the second session of the Iraq Leadership Fellows (ILF) Program at AUIS from March 5-7, 2018. The ILF Program equips young, engaged Iraqis with skills on campaigning, community organizing, and advocacy techniques through training workshops led by international instructors. Through the course of the program, the nearly two dozen fellows who represent various ethnicities, sects, and professional backgrounds work on individual campaigns under the supervision and...

IRIS and KAS Launch Iraq Leadership Fellows Program

In cooperation with the Syria/Iraq Office of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the Institute of Regional and International Studies launched a Leadership Fellows Program for Iraqi actors of media, politics and civil society. Participants of the cohorts receive three trainings a year on leadership skills, democratic participation and political responsibility. The program launched in Beirut on October 24-25 with the first intake of 22 young Iraqis coming from various regions, including Kurdistan-Iraq. The advocacy training that took...

IRIS Dialogues | "Iraq's Economy in Transition"

On Sunday, March 11, IRIS hosted the inaugural IRIS Dialogues titled “Iraq’s Economy in Transition,” a day of panels dedicated to capitalizing on the February 13-14 Kuwait Conference for Reconstruction of Iraq. The panels focused on overcoming the war economy, increasing private sector participation, growing and integrating local economies, and mapping a path forward for the federal government of Iraq (GOI) and Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Panelists and attendees included federal...

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