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IRIS Booklet Series: Post-ISIS Iraq

This booklet consists of is a series of articles and reports on Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) after ISIS, published either by IRIS as IRIS Iraq Reports (IIR) or in other outlets by IRIS staff .

The reports provide insight on issues crucial to “post-ISIS Iraq” -- from return and reconciliation to reconstruction and security effectiveness -- to inform local and international stakeholders and policymakers. One of the...

Making Ends Meet: Economic Reforms in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

IRIS Non-Resident Fellow, Dr. Mark DeWeaver, an emerging-markets fund manager, ISX investor, independent economist and author, is publishing a report titled: “Making Ends Meet: Economic Reforms in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.” This report is based on fieldwork conducted in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), with the support of IRIS and AUIS student research assistants. It was translated into Arabic by the Bayan Center for Planning and Studies...

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

On May 16, 17, and 18, Chatham House , in partnership with IRIS, hosted a policy workshop on the IDP crisis in the Kurdisan Region of Iraq (KRI). This is an under-reported issue. While it is difficult to assess the accuracy of available figures, it is estimated that as many as one in three people in the KRI are displaced.

The workshop brought together local civil society, academics, international...

Sinjar after ISIS: Returning to Disputed Territory

Image Source: Le Carabinier 2016

In May 2016, IRIS Director Christine van den Toorn, journalist and Jamestown Foundation analyst Wladimir van Wilgenburg, and IRIS Coordinator Sarah Mathieu-Comtois, conducted a study on drivers of conflict in Iraq's disputed territories, using Sinjar as a case study, for the Dutch non-governmental organization PAX . The main output of this study is an extensive report offering insight on the new dynamics at play...

The Last Piece of the Puzzle: Achieving Lasting Stability in Post ISIS Jalawla

This IRIS Iraq Report, titled " The Last Piece of the Puzzle: Achieving Lasting Stability in post-ISIS Jalawla ," is the product of two trips to Jalawla made by IRIS Director, Christine van den Toorn, since it was liberated from ISIS. There was significant progress from the first trip in Spring 2015 to the second just last month, April 2016: the town was secured and half the population has returned, much because of...

Inside Iraq's Cash Economy

IRIS Non-Resident Fellow, Dr. Mark DeWeaver, an emerging-markets fund manager, ISX investor, independent economist and author, is publishing a report titled: " Inside Iraq’s Cash Economy: Fully Reserved Banking in a Monetary Dystopia ." T his report is based on fieldwork conducted in the KRI, with the support of IRIS and AUIS student research assistants.

It addresses issues pertaining to Iraq’s cas h economy – fully reserved banking, the money...

Turkish Boots on the Ground

What is IIR?

The IRIS Iraq Report (IIR) offers on-the-ground reporting and analysis on Iraq’s most pressing issues. It is aimed at providing decision-makers and experts with solid research and analysis of Iraq policy. The Report is unique because it is produced in Iraq, and is based on in-country fieldwork as well as open source research. It is the brainchild of Ahmed Ali and Christine van den Toorn, both of whom...

Kurdistan's Great Recession

IRIS Non-Resident Fellow Dr. Mark DeWeaver, emerging-markets fund manager and ISX investor, independent economist, and author, has published a report on 'Kurdistan's Great Recession: From Boom to Bust in the Rentier Economy'. The report is based on several weeks of fieldwork he conducted this October and November with the support of five American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) student research assistants. Prior to publishing the report, Dr. DeWeaver shared his findings with...

Five Takeaways from the Sinjar Operation

What is IIR?

The IRIS Iraq Report (IIR) offers on-the-ground reporting and analysis on Iraq’s most pressing issues. It is aimed at providing decision-makers and experts with solid research and analysis of Iraq policy. The Report is unique because it is produced in Iraq, and is based on in-country fieldwork as well as open source research. It is the brainchild of Ahmed Ali and Christine van den Toorn, both of...

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