Month: September 2013

#4: Higher Education in Iraq

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.

My World 2015: Why the UN’s Development Goals are Important for Iraq

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 New Voice in Town

“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

#3: Is Iraq’s Oil a Blessing or a Curse?

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.