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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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,... Read More

Working Discussion: "What comes after Mosul? Local and national security relationships, and the impact of local or non-state security force proliferation”

On December 15th, 2016, the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) hosted a working discussion titled “What comes after Mosul? Local and national security relationships, and the impact of local or non-state security force proliferation.” In the last two years, regional... Read More

War and Healthcare in Iraq: 1980 – 2016

On December 5 th , 2016, IRIS fellow and PhD Candidate at John Hopkins University James ‘Mac’ Skelton gave a talk on the impact of war on Iraq’s healthcare system throughout modern history. Listen to the podcast here . Skelton is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at John Hopkins University,... Read More

Economic Reforms in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

On November 17 th , 2016, the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) hosted a roundtable discussion on the economic crisis in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) led by non-resident IRIS Fellow, Dr. Mark DeWeaver. A report on Dr. DeWeaver's... Read More

US Foreign Policy, Selective Engagement, and Stabilization

On September 27, 2016, Dr. Denise Natali, Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS), delivered a lecture on ongoing narrative changes among the American the foreign policy establishment, the different challenges faced by US foreign policy in Iraq, as well as stabilization expectations and strategies for... Read More

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