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Implications of Russia's Role for Iraq and the KRG

On October 13, 2015, the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) hosted an interesting discussion on Russia's new role in Syria and potential implications for the region, and specifically for Iraq and the Iraqi Kurdistan region.  The speakers included AUIS professors Bilal Wahab and Akeel Abbas, as well as IRIS senior fellow, Ahmed Ali. Students thronged the lecture hall to listen to the panelists' views of Russia's intervention in the Syrian conflict and how it impacts the current dynamics in the region. The engaging discussion ended with a round of interesting and tough questions from the students.    Read the full story on IRIS website.    Listen to the discussion in an AUIS podcast below.   

Equality for Women Lecture Series: Dr. Nazand Begikhani

Dr. Nazand Begikhani is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol. She has over 20 years’ experience in research, writing, advocacy for human rights and consultancy, publishing widely on gender and ethnicity, violence against women and honour-based violence (HBV) in English, Kurdish and French. She addressed, among many conferences, the 1995 Beijing Fourth World Conference on Women, the UN’s meeting with the World March of Women 2000, and Sweden’s International Conference on Honour Killings (2004). She has provided expert advice and training on gender equality and HBV to government bodies, UN agencies, and international organisations, including the Swedish government, the UN Assistance Mission to Iraq, UN Women in Iraq, the UK Metropolitan Police and Amnesty International. She previously sat on the High Commission to Monitor Violence Against Women in Kurdistan, and is currently a senior international advisor to Kurdistan Region’s Prime Minister on higher education and gender, and a member of the Kurdistan’s Women’s Rights Monitoring Board. Dr Begikhani is a poet of international renown with five poetry collections in Kurdish and one in English, Bells of Speech (Ambit, 2006). In 2000, she was awarded the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize for her work on HBV, and, in 2012, the French Simone Landrey’s Feminine Poetry Prize for her poetry collection, Le lendemain d’hier.  
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