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Fifth Annual Sulaimani Forum to Focus on Durable Solutions for the Middle East

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 11:00

Press Release

The Forum will host panels on a diverse range of issues, from the current crises in Iraq and Syria and the struggle against Daesh, to the requirements for long-term, durable peace and stability.

March 6, 2017 - Sulaimani (KRG), Iraq  – The fifth annual Sulaimani Forum will take place on March 8-9, 2017 at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani under the title Beyond Daesh: Ending the Cycle of Conflicts, Toward Durable Solutions. More than 400 participants from Iraq, Kurdistan, Middle East and North Africa, Europe, and the United States will attend eight panel discussions over two days to discuss the current challenges and long term solutions for the Middle East.  

The central theme of this year’s Forum calls on government leaders, international experts and commentators to discuss the immediate challenges in Iraq and Syria, but also to move the discussion beyond the current challenges to consider solutions that have long term impact on the region's stability and prosperity.

The panel discussions will focus on a diverse range of fundamental issues that are hampering states of the region from meeting their full potential: humanitarian crisis; good governance; investment and growth; institutional development; education and innovation; and inter-faith dialogue.

Confirmed speakers and guests include former and current ministers, senior officials, and the leading analysts, scholars, sector leaders and journalists from the Middle East and North Africa region, Europe and the United States. A few of our featured analysts and academics include Francis Fukuyama (Stanford University), Jon Alterman (Center for Strategic and International Studies), David Miliband (International Rescue Committee), Henri Barkey (Wilson Center), Sir John Jenkins (Institute of International and Strategic Studies), Tamara Cofman Wittes (Brookings Institution), Carl Gershman (National Endowment of Democracy), and senior commentators from international media outlets: Peter Bergen (CNN), Lyse Doucet (BBC), Jane Arraf (NPR), Mina Al-Oraibi, and Susan Glasser (Politico) among many others.

The complete list of our featured guests and the program for the two days will be available on our website at   

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