Events

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 for the Development of Interreligious Dialogue Studies in the Islamic World at the University of Kufa, Sayyid Jawad had an open and honest...

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 took place after 100 years of the nation-state system in the Middle East. The past century has been one of transformation and tumult, as...

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 atrocities, practitioners providing services to survivors, academics working in the field, and relevant international experts to create an in depth understanding of...

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, and principal at Quantrarian Capital Management, which invests on the Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX), conducted fieldwork on the local economy...

Implications of Russia's Role for Iraq, KRG

On October 13, 2015, IRIS hosted a panel discussion for AUIS students on the implications of Russia's new involvement in the region for Iraq and the KRG.

Panelists included AUIS Professors Dr. Bilal Wahab and Dr. Akeel Abbas, as well as Senior IRIS Fellow Ahmed Ali. The discussion, titled ' A New Cold War? Russian Expansionism and its Implications for Iraq and the Kurdistan Region ' attracted many students curious to learn more about...

"Threat of ISIS in Iraq"

On July 31, 2015, IRIS co-hosted an event at the DC-based Stimson Center titled “ Threat of ISIS in Iraq: Views from the Ground”. AUIS graduates from Iraq, the KRI, and disputed territories joined through video links. The panel in DC featured Christine van den Toorn, Director of IRIS, Bilal Wahab, Director of the Center for Development and Natural Resources and Associate Professor at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, Ellen Laipson, President and...

Film Screenings & Photo Exhbition to Mark World Refugee Day

In anticipation of World Refugee Day on June 20, 2015, IRIS co-hosted a photo exhibition and film screenings in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The exhibition featured powerful photos of refugees and displaced persons across the Kurdistan region of Iraq, and the films all touched on the subject of life as a refugee. The inaugural reception, held on June 14, 2015, was attended by members of the local and international...

First Annual Iraqi Cultural Heritage Symposium: "Iraqi Cultural Heritage in Crisis"

On April 26, 2016, along with Tobin Hartnell, Professor at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS), IRIS hosted the 1st Annual Iraqi Cultural Heritage symposium entitled, "Iraqi Cultural Heritage in Crisis: Strategies for the Future". The event brought together prominent scholars, policy makers, government officials, and cultural professionals from the region and around the world.

The 1st panel at the "Iraqi Heritage in Crisis" symposium last Sunday, April 26, focused on the "Value...

Roundtable on the IDP Crisis in Sulaimani Governorate: Registration, Protection, and Access to Services

On April 29, 2015, IRIS hosted a roundtable discussion on “The IDP Crisis in Sulaimani Governorate”, focusing on the issue of registration and legal status, as well as its impact on protection and access to services.This closed roundtable convened representatives from international humanitarian organizations, local and international NGOs, the Central and Kurdistan Regional Government, as well as selected representatives from displaced populations. By bringing together such actors from different sectors, the event captured a robust...

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