The Sulaimani Forum is IRIS’s signature annual event – a high-level conference focused on the Middle East and North Africa region. Over the course of two days, scholars, experts, and policymakers from the region and the world convene to discuss the world’s most pressing regional issues, current trends and points of conflict. It creates an annual opportunity to bring together the main stakeholders in regional affairs for intellectual, political and strategic debates of great relevance in today’s world.
Held at the heart of the Middle East, the Sulaimani Forum is a unique space for innovative policy dialogue. Each year, it tackles both Iraq-specific security issues and pressing global questions, from a regional standpoint. Participants, in this context, gather annually to identify avenues for change by challenging and rethinking established perspectives. The Sulaimani Forum’s mission is to offer blueprints for concrete, long-term, positive change in the Middle East and North Africa.
The Sulaimani Forum is organized by the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS), an Iraq-based research institute housed at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS), Iraq’s only independent, not-for- profit, American-style institution of higher learning. Through multidisciplinary research, strategic partnerships, a fellowship program, and open dialogue events among experts and influential public leaders, IRIS examines the most complex issues facing the KRI, Iraq and the Middle East. The Institute’s main focus areas include but are not limited to: energy and the economy; IDP, refugee and minority issues; post-ISIS Iraq; and gender.