US Foreign Policy

Threat of ISIS in Iraq: Views from the Ground

From enflaming sectarian tensions to undermining governance and economic development, the expansion of ISIS continues to pose grave risks to Iraq and the broader Middle East. Stimson and the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) held a discussion featuring views and perspectives from AUIS scholars and students examining the nature of the ISIS threat, and the related territorial, demographic and socio-economic consequences. Students from Kurdistan and other parts of Iraq joined through video links.


Geneive Abdo, Fellow, Middle East Program, Stimson Center; Non-resident Fellow, the Brookings Institution

Ellen Laipson, President and CEO, Stimson Center

Christine van den Toorn, Director of IRIS, The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani

Bilal Wahab, Director of Center for Development and Natural Resources, The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani

AUIS graduates from Baghdad, Salahddin, and Ninewa

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