An International Symposium: Iraq after ISIS
2017-04-29 (Saturday) [ College of Law and Politics ]
College of Law and Politics of the University of Human Development (UHD) in Sulaymaniyah-Iraq held an international symposium on ‘Iraq after ISIS’ on April 29, 2017 in Hunar Surchi Hall at Bnari-Goizha Campus. It was attended by a number of UHD students and teachers. Speakers of the symposium were:
Dr. Maria Clausen, Post-PhD researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies in Copenhagen. Her topic title was ‘State-Building in Conflict Areas: Yemen and Iraq’. In her speech Dr. Maria focused on Yemen and the problems of state-building there. She talked about Iraq as well and drew comparisons between these two countries.
Mr. Kardo Karim, teacher at the College of Law and Politics of UHD. His topic title was ‘The Rise of Shia Armed Groups in Iraq’. In his speech Mr. Kardo talked about the history of the Iraqi Shia armed groups and their recent growth. He mentioned that the current Hashd al-Shabi (Popular Mobilisation Forces) has become an umbrella for most of the Shia armed groups and that Hashd al-Shabi aims to expand beyond the current borders of Iraq.
Mr. Salam Abdulqadr, teacher and Head of Political Science Department at UHD. His topic title was ‘The Feasibility of Kurdish Independence before or After ISIS’. In his speech Mr. Salam addressed the political reality of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and the problems association with both holding a national referendum on independence (promised by the ruling parties to be held in 2017) and the risk of the lack of recognition by the international community including the neighbour countries.
The speakers then answered a number of questions from the audience.