The Fourth Annual Sulaimani Forum March 16-17, 2016

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 05:00 to Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 13:00

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. 


Panel Discussions

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. 

Panels: Day 2 - March 17, 2016


Follow the Forum:

  • ​Join the conversation on Twitter with @AUIS_News and @IRISmideast using hashtag #SuliForum.
  • Follow AUIS and Sulaimani Forum Facebook page for updates, photo galleries and short videos and interviews with the participants. 
  • High resolution photos are available for viewing and downloading on the AUIS Flickr gallery. The images may be used for publications and on other websites/channels without removing the AUIS logo or watermark. The photos should be credited to AUIS. View photos on Flickr by clicking on image below. 

4th Annual Sulaimani Forum 2016


Sulaimani Forum in the News

Articles and Stories

Mentions