This week, our focus is on higher education in Iraq and the story of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS), a student-centered American-style university established in 2007. Our executive director, Erik Gustafson discusses his recent trip to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, including an update on our current field work project, PhotoVoice Iraq, and his visit to three Syrian refugee camps. This is followed by an interview with our special guest, Kyle Long, from AUIS, who focuses on higher education in Iraq and the story of AUIS. Finally, an excerpt from Professor Bilal Wahab about his experience at this prestigious university.
In his recent speech to the UN General Assemly, President Obama said, “Iraq shows us that democracy cannot be imposed by force. Rather, these objectives are best achieved when we partner with the international community and with the countries and people of the region.” While we are happy to… Read more
With the timeframe for the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals set to come to a close in 2015, the UN and its partners have launched a global survey called MY World 2015 where people can vote on the next development goals they think the UN should focus on next. While… Read more
“A strong defensible Iraq is important to the stability of the Middle East,” stated H.E. Lukman Faily, Iraq’s new Ambassador to the US, on Wednesday September 18, 2013 at a Brookings Institute event here in Washington DC. Ambassador Lukman Faily replaces Amb. Jabir Habeb whose tenure in Washington was marked… Read more
With the possibility of a US military strike looming, the conflict in Syria has received more media coverage than ever, and one of the most talked about issues are the two million plus Syrian refugees who have fled the country. Refugees have traveled to any neighboring country where they are… Read more
Our third podcast includes our conversation with Professor Bilal Wahab of American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) about the double-edged sword of Iraq's oil wealth- is it a blessing or a curse? Joel Wing of Musings on Iraq gives us the latest with his Iraq Update, and we include an exchange between Phebe Marr and Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Ahmed Ali of the Institute for the Study of War also speaks on popular trends among the youth of Iraq at our Culture Center.
When I moved to Damascus, Syria, in the spring of 2009 I planned to devote the next three years to studying the Arabic language, but I also knew I wanted to give something back to the community. Five minutes into an information session with the founders of the… Read more
One hot Iraq summer day in 2005, my unit went on a mission to explore the schools area near Camp Corregidor, Ramadi and ascertain their status. We wanted to know what schools were in operation and what they were teaching. Beginning in the early morning hours, we strolled through the… Read more
Following ten years of violence, Iraqi women have been left as one of the most vulnerable populations in the country, and this holds significant implications for the future of Iraq. Currently, ten percent of Iraqi women are the heads of their households, largely because they have been widowed, which burdens… Read more
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