Sulaimani Forum 2024

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The Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) hosted the eighth annual Sulaimani Forum on April 17 and 18, 2024. Officials and thought leaders from around the world convened to discuss the most pressing policy challenges facing Iraq and the wider region. Forum speakers included Iraqi and Kurdish leaders such as the President of the Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani, Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region Qubad Talabani, Ministers from the Government of Iraq, in addition to foreign representatives and think tank leaders from around the world. Additionally, researchers from across Iraq, the MENA region, and beyond participated in the discussion as speakers and panelists during the two-day event.


Overview of Agenda


Day 1 (April 17, 2024)

keynote speech and opening remarks from the President of the Kurdistan region, Head of the Hikma National movement, and other officials and luminaries

  • Regional Politics: Shifting Alliances Amid Rising Instability (Panel)
  • Security Dynamics & Cooperation in Iraq (Panel)
  • Resurgence of Conflict Across the MENA (Panel)
  • The State of Iraq's Economy Today (Panel) 
  • Iraq’s Three-Year Budget: Assessing National & Local Impacts (Roundtable) 
  • Strengthening Grassroots Environmental Action in Iraq (Roundtable) 

Day 2 (April 18, 2024) 

  • How Can Iraq Prepare For Climate Change? (Panel)
  • The Role of International Aid in an Era of Conflict (Panel) 
  • The Future of Iraq's Political System (Panel) 
  • Iraq & the MENA Region Amid Continuous Geopolitics (Panel) 
  • Enhancing Water & Environmental Governance in Iraq (Roundtable) 
  • Advancing Health Policy in Post-Conflict Settings (Roundtable) 
  • Responding to Transnational Conflicts in the MENA: Spotlight on Sinjar (Roundtable) 


Important Links

  • Video: You can view the full recording of day 1 here and day 2 here. Roundtables were closed events for specialists; contact IRIS for more details.
  • Full Agenda: To view a more detailed agenda and a list of speakers for each of the panels and roundtables, see the Sulaimani Forum 2024 website and click on “schedule.”
  • Photographs: Photographs for the first day of the event can be viewed here and the second day here.




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