Panelists include representatives from UNAMI’s Electoral office, the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), Shams Network, Kurdistan Institute for Elections, Inside Iraq Politics, the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, and Iraq Free Radio/ Iraq Hurr. This will be a great opportunity for you all to hear from and interact with high-level officials and analysts about elections and politics in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan. The panel will include brief presentations and a Q&A session about election day logistics as well as analysis of the results. Panelists will examine the change in make-up of provincial councils and what the results say about the tide of Iraqi national and local politics. There will also be discussion of predictions for the Kurdistan Regional Government elections in September, postponed elections in Ninewa and al Anbar provinces, and national elections next spring, 2014.
The dialogue was organized and moderated by Edith Szanto, assistant professor of religion and history, and included three speakers: Fazil Moradi, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and lecturer at the University of Halle in Germany; Hawar Moradi, a medical doctor, specializing in psychiatry and currently working as a volunteer at refugee camps throughout Kurdistan; and Choman Hardi, AUIS faculty member, poet, and researcher in gender and violence studies.