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

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... Read More

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... Read More

A Discussion with Sayyid Jawad Al-Khoei

On April 12, 2016, IRIS and AUIS hosted a roundtable discussion with Sayyid Jawad Al-Khoei, Secretary General of the Al Khoei Institute in Najaf, about the current role of Najaf, the Marjayia in Iraq and the Middle East region. As a vocal champion of interfaith dialogue and the UNESCO Chair... Read More

Fourth Annual Sulaimani Forum

IRIS hosted its flagship event, the Sulaimani Forum, on March 16th and 17th. The event is designed to bring prominent leaders, intellectuals and practitioners to the cultural hub of Sulaimani, Iraq to engage in meaningful dialogue and tackle the most complex issues facing the region. The fourth annual Sulaimani Forum... Read More

Ezidis Beyond ISIS

On February 11th 2016, IRIS & The Center for Gender and Development Studies (CGDS) hosted a conference on the future of the Ezidi community of Iraq, titled ' Ezidis Beyond ISIS: Genocide, Gender & Return '. The event brought together Ezidi survivors of ISIS atrocities, agencies working to document these... Read More

Economic Recession in the KRI

On October 22nd 2015, 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. Dr. Weaver, an economist specializing in emerging-markets,... Read More