The fourth annual Sulaimani Forum takes place after 100 years of the nation-state system in the Middle East. The past century has been one of transformation and tumult, as citizens of the region have struggled to establish economic, political and judicial systems in their respective countries. In recent years, these struggles have come to a head both peacefully and violently with the Arab Spring and the ISIS onslaught, forcing us to consider, more seriously than ever, how to chart a path forward. This year’s Forum will provide a venue to plot the course ahead on key issues including the war against ISIS, its ideology and the aftermath; migration and refugee crisis; the political economy of the region; and sovereignty and a new order in the 21st century.
The Sulaimani Forum is the signature annual event hosted by the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at AUIS. The event is designed to bring prominent leaders, intellectuals and practitioners to the cultural hub of Sulaimani, Iraq to engage in meaningful dialogue and tackle the most complex issues facing the region.
Day 1 - March 16, 2016
Click on the links below for details of the speakers, recap of the discussions in English, Arabic and Kurdish and videos of the panels.
- Opening Remarks
- Panel 1: Confronting ISIS
- Panel 2: Day After - Prospects for Iraq
- Panel 3: ISIS and Beyond - Clear, Hold, Build
- Panel 4: Regional Dynamics - Proxy Wars and Policy Options
Panels: Day 2 - March 17, 2016
- Panel 5: The Economic Crisis and Challenge of Reform
- Panel 6: Society Beyond Extremism - The War of Ideas
- Panel 7: Turmoil and Disorder - A New Sykes Picot
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Sulaimani Forum in the News
Articles and Stories
- Is ISIL on the back foot in Iraq? Al-Jazeera
- West's de-radicilization strategy needs rethink to effectively fight ISIS: VOX-Pol
- Sulaimani Forum unites leaders on ISIS threat, but not its causes: Rudaw
- Iraqi Kurds Implementing Harsh Reforms to Tackle Economic Crisis: ARA News
- Constraints may delay an independent KRG: Hurriyet Daily News
- Report on the Sulaimani Forum: SBS Radio, Australia
- Middle East facing "fundamental transformation" says Salih: NRT News
- PM to Kurdish politicians: Important to win against ISIS, not over each other: Rudaw
- Iraq’s Kurds have suffered ISIS’ worst atrocities, Kurdish PM says: Rudaw
- Turkey struggles to convince US that Syrian Kurds are terrorists to stop supporting them, Kurdish official: ARA News
- U.S. should support the establishment of a Kurdish region in Syria: The Seattle Times
- Worldview: Support federalism for Syria. Philly News
- KRG needs to modernize and implement reforms, says Talabani: NRT News
- Promising to tackle Kurdish corruption isn’t enough: American Enterprise Institute
- Oil has become dangerous for Iraq, says Minister: NRT News
- US envoy says more needs to be done to eradicate Daesh: Anadolu Agency
- Are the Kurds prepared to liberate Raqqa from ISIS? ARA News
- Peshmerga Commander: Mosul operation needs Kurds. NRT News
- Political rivalry results in clash of words at Forum: NRT News
- Baghdad pressures KRG with Kirkuk crude export cut: Iraq Oil Report
- Turkey struggles to convince US that Syrian Kurds are terrorists to stop supporting them: Kurdish official. ARA News
- Hayder Al-Khoei on Sykes-Picot: NRT News
- Anti Daesh coalition offensive to retake Mosul already started: Sputnik News
- World Bank expert calls KRG financial crisis worse than Baghdad’s: NRT News
- US: Peshmerga fighters to participate in battle for Mosul. Middle East Monitor
- Kurds in Iraq, “We should not fight for a geography that no longer exists”: Brietbart
- Barzani urges end to political disputes through dialogue: NRT News