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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 or community forces, non-state militias, and other forms of local security actors have proliferated in Iraq. Peshmerga forces, a range of Shia...

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, in Washington, DC. He is conducting his doctoral fieldwork while at IRIS, splitting his time between Iraq and...

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 research and outcomes of the roundtable was then published in English and Arabic .

Dr. Weaver, an economist...

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 a post-ISIS Iraq.

Specializing on the Middle East, trans-border Kurdish issue, regional energy security, and post-conflict stabilization, Natali dedicated the bulk of...

The KRG-Iran Pipeline: Political theater or game-changer?

On August 15, 2016, IRIS fellow Cameron Bell delivered a lecture on his ongoing research on the KRG-Iran pipeline agreement. His research, grounded in political science theories, focuses on ideology, interest, and institutions that act as potential vectors of success or failure of this agreement. His talk highlighted the gaps in knowledge and, thereby, the questions that remain unanswered. A podcast of the lecture will be available shortly.

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Understanding and managing intra-state territorial contestation: Iraq's disputed territories in comparative perspective

On May 24 th and 25 th , 2016, the University of Exeter and IRIS hosted a research workshop at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) on the question of Iraq’s disputed territories (DIBs). Over a dozen officials and experts from the DIBs as well as from Erbil and Baghdad were in attendance for focus group discussions on the current context in the areas, some of them liberated over the past...

Displacement in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Impact, Response and Options

With the start of the Syrian revolution in 2011, and the rise and expansion of ISIS in 2014, yet another wave of displacement and migration took place in the Middle East , both within and across borders. Iraq is at the epicentre of the movement : as of March 2016, the International Organization of Migration’s (IOM) Displacement Tracking Index indicates that over 3.4m Iraqis are internally displaced. More particularly, the Kurdistan Region of...

Private Sector Economic Development in the KRG

On May 2 nd , 2016, Dr. Frank R. Gunther, Professor of Economics at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, visited AUIS and gave a guest lecture titled: “Private Sector Economic Development in the KRG.” Professor Gunter is the author of The Political Economy of Iraq: Restoring Balance in a Post-Conflict Society (2013), which was selected by Choice magazine as an “outstanding academic title” of the year. The Arabic version, translated by...

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