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IRIS Hosts Professor Aisha Ahmad for a Workshop on Social Science Research Design and Methodology

On Thursday, April 17, 2018, IRIS hosted a workshop by Assistant Professor Aisha Ahmad from the University of Toronto on social science research design and methodology. Professor Ahmad is also the Co-Director of the Islam and Global Affairs Initiative and a Senior Researcher of the Global Justice Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs. AUIS Students, professors, and staff from various disciplines attended the workshop and participated in the group activities. Professor Ahmad explained...

IRIS Supports Civic Education with the Independent High Electoral Commission

On Thursday April 5, IRIS hosted a presentation and roundtable led by the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) in Sulaymaniyah at AUIS. The goal was to educate voters, provide information about the new electronic voting system, and encourage citizen participation in the electoral processes in Kurdistan Region and Iraq.

Hawre Tofeq, Director of IHEC Sulaymaniyah, gave a thirty-minute presentation, then opened the floor to the audience to ask the IHEC questions about the upcoming...

IRIS Hosts U.S. Consul General in Erbil, Ken Gross

On November 28, 2017, IRIS hosted the United States Consul General in Erbil, Ken Gross, at an event titled “Charting a Path Forward for the Kurdistan Region and Iraq” to discuss U.S., regional and local policies in the aftermath of the referendum and the war against ISIS. Consul General Gross spoke on a panel with AUIS professors, Drs. Akeel Abbas, Alan Noory, and Barin Kayaoglu, moderated by IRIS Director Christine van den Toorn.

Dr....

IRIS hosts EU diplomatic representation in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

On November 14, 2017, IRIS hosted the European Union (EU) Ambassador to Iraq, Ramon Blecua, and the Head of the EU Liaison Office in Erbil, Clarisse Pásztory, to speak about EU relations with the federal government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), as well as perspectives on the referendum, post-ISIS strategy, and regional relations. Present were members the local press, political parties, political analysts, academics, and AUIS students and graduates. As the discussion...

AUIS Global Entrepreneurship Week

On November 16, 2017, IRIS hosted an informal discussion and Q & A session with entrepreneurs in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (“GEW”), a weeklong worldwide event hosted by the Global Entrepreneurship Network (“GEN”). GEN is a group aimed at providing support to aspiring entrepreneurs through access to investors, researchers, and policymakers across 170 countries. Each year since November 2008, it has hosted GEW to celebrate...

Guest Lecture: State-building and Nationalism with Dr. Faleh Jabbar

On September 17, 2017, IRIS hosted a lecture by Dr. Faleh Jabbar on the topics of “State-building and Nationalism in the Middle East.” Dr. Jabbar focused on the historical evolution of nationalism and related it to recent events in the Kurdistan Region, including the upcoming referendum. Students and professors from many disciplines, including International Relations, Engineering, and Business Administration, attended the lecture.

Dr. Jabbar began with a broad definition of...

U.S. & Turkish Foreign Policy, Post-ISIS Iraq & the KRG Referendum on Independence

On September 12, 2017, IRIS hosted a guest lecture on foreign policy perspectives of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) referendum for independence. Speakers included Dr. Denise Natali, Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at the National Defense University (NDU), Dr. Akeel Abbas, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at AUIS, and Dr. Barin Kayaoglu, Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at AUIS.

Natali opened...

Entrepreneurship in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region

One June 19, 2017, IRIS hosted a workshop entitled “ Barriers and Opportunities for Entrepreneurship in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq ,” in partnership with the Iraq Middle Market Development Foundation (IMMDF), IraqCom Technologies , and the Qaiwan Group . The event was chaired by Dr. Diar Ahmed, Managing Director of IraqCom Technologies, and IRIS Research Fellow Aaron Bartnick , future MBA candidate at the University of...

Training Course on Humanitarian Response to the Displacement Crisis in the KRI

On May 24 and 25, 2017, LSE Middle East Center , the American University in Dubai , and IRIS held a training course on the humanitarian response to the internal displacement crises in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. The course was taught by Jeff Drumtra , who has extensive experience of international refugee and internal displacement work at both policy and operational levels with NGOs, governments and United...

Policy Roundtable: War, Health, and Refugees in Iraq

On April 27, 2017, IRIS hosted a roundtable entitled “ War, Health, and Refugees in Iraq ,” in partnership with the Seed Foundation and Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Anthropology . IRIS Research Fellow James ‘Mac’ Skelton , who is currently completing a PhD in Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University, chaired the discussion.

The meeting brought together directors of public hospitals, humanitarian officials, and government...

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