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IWP and the University of Duhok partner on diplomacy education

Aldona Wos and Dawood Atrushi
Amb. Aldona Woś, President of IWP, and Dr. Dawood S. Atrushi, President of the University of Duhok, sign a partnership agreement.

“The Kurdish region is increasingly important strategically. IWP is thrilled to support this effort to educate the next generation of Kurdish diplomats.”
-Dr. James Robbins, IWP Dean of Academics

On June 4, 2024, IWP and the University of Duhok signed a partnership agreement to work together on diplomacy education. A formal signing took place with Amb. Aldona Woś, President of IWP, and Dr. Dawood S. Atrushi, President of the University of Duhok.

Other speakers at the event included Prof. Paul Davis, an IWP adjunct professor who was instrumental in creating this agreement; Treefa Aziz, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Representative to the United States of America; and Dr. Nahro Zagros.

The two schools plan to provide students with a comprehensive education in statecraft, essential for mastering both domestic and international diplomacy.

This collaboration between both IWP and UOD brings considerable benefits to both institutions. For IWP, the partnership reinforces its mission of fostering global understanding and cooperation. IWP students will benefit from interactions with their Kurdish counterparts, gaining perspectives on Middle Eastern geopolitical dynamics. For the UOD, students will gain access to IWP’s respected faculty, comprised of expert civilian and military educators.

Paul Davis said: “I’m very excited about this meeting and what we have been doing to advance diplomacy education. We were working on a partnership like this for several years. This is just the beginning of our work together, and we hope to have a Kurdish studies program here soon.”

The schools plan to offer diplomacy classes both online and in-person, conducted in Washington, D.C. and Duhok.

This joint initiative underscores IWP and UOD’s commitment to advancing education in diplomacy and international affairs, contributing to the development of future leaders equipped for effective leadership in a globalized world.

Representatives from IWP and Kurdistan
Representatives from IWP and Kurdistan