This conference took place in Istanbul, 8-10 of December. It was organized by the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), in conjunction with the Al-Kalima Center for Dialogue and Cooperation (Najaf), and the Center for the Study of the Middle East and Islam (Washington, DC).


Dr. Iravani participated in the Meeting of the Global Future Councils Dubai, United Arab Emirates 11-12 November. The World Economic Forum’s Global Future Councils are the world’s foremost interdisciplinary knowledge network dedicated to promoting innovative thinking to shape a sustainable and inclusive future for all. The network convenes more than 700 of the most relevant and knowledgeable thought leaders from academia, government, business, and civil society, grouped in expertise-based, thematic councils. It is an invitation-only community, and members are nominated for a one-year period.

Dr. Iravani attended a roundtable meeting which was held by Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and the Persian Gulf Studies at Princeton University

to share his perspectives as a speaker on “The Near East: Iran’s Interregional Dynamics” on October 19, 2018.

He will talk about: “Changing the Dynamics of Arab-Iranian Conflict through Inter and Intra-Faith Engagements.”.

Following the invitation of The Peace Research Institute of Oslo, Dr. Iravani attended this meeting along with some scholars from the USA, Europe, and Iran to design a program for an Abrahamic Conference that will take place in Geneva in the summer of 2018.

PRIO in Collaboration with the CSIME and the Kalima Center for Dialogue and Cooperation organized this conference.

This was a continuation of a series of conferences that have brought together Iraqi participants to discuss issues relating to inclusive citizenship and reconciliation in Iraq, in continuity with the Erbil Declaration on Inclusive Citizenship in Iraq.

Dr. Iravani attended the 67th Annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. this year. Each year, the President of the United States and Members of Congress join other government officials, leaders throughout the United States, the diplomatic community, and friends from more than 140 countries to share in the spirit of friendship through prayers and thanksgiving. Since 2003, Dr. Iravani has been invited to this very important gathering and actively has been engaged.

He was privileged to talk at one of the dinner receptions of NPB.