With the battle of Mosul underway and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) group on the back foot in Iraq, DFAT and MESF have gathered a panel of experts to discuss the country’s future. Please join Iraqi parliamentarian for the city of Mosul Dr. Farah al-Siraj for a keynote address, followed by discussions with MESF’s Associate Professor Benjamin Isakhan and Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh.

This public event will take place on June 21 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm at Deakin University Downtown, Level 12, Tower 2, 727 Collins St, Melbourne. Please note that this differs to our usual seminar venue.

Please RSVP to mesf@deakin.edu.au by Tuesday June 20.


Dr Farah Al-Siraj is an elected member of Iraq’s Federal Parliament. She is from Mosul – the key battleground in the fight against ISIS. She holds a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Baghdad and in 2016 she helped establish the ‘Women Parliamentarians Initiative’, which aims to work alongside the UNDP to address the complex challenges facing Iraq beyond ISIS.

Associate Professor Benjamin Isakhan is Associate Professor of Politics and Policy Studies at Deakin University, Australia. He is a leading expert and regular commentator on Iraqi politics.

Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh is Deputy Director (International) of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship & Globalisation, Professor of Middle East and Central Asian politics at Deakin University and Convenor of the Middle East Studies Forum.

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