Delegations for Dialogue, organised their inaugural fact-finding programme in Iraqi Kurdistan in July 2017. A total of 18 student delegates representing nine countries were selected to participate in this week-long exploration into the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for Iraq's Kurdish Autonomous Region in light of September's independence referendum.
Delegations for Dialogue in cooperation with The Global Shapers, Erbil Hub in cooperation with hosted a roundtable event to explore the outlooks of an independent Kurdish state in light of the upcoming referendum. The Global Shapers representatives moderated three discussion groups which later came together for a concluding round table discussion.
The three issues that were discussed were:
- The social, political and economical challenges facing Kurdistan in light of the independence
- The implications for independence upon the overall regional stability and on the Kurdish populations in neighboring countries.
- The impacts of an independent Kurdistan on the different ethnic minorities in the region.
Delegations For Dialogue has established a partnership with BIG TALK, a US based initiative focused on facilitating more meaningful conversations through a range of methods.
The initiative grew out of an online video series, the first episode of which is shared at the bottom
This partnership will take form in 2018 through a project called The East-West Stories Project which will be an immersive cultural exchange programme seeking to maximise engagement and cross-cultural understanding between young citizens of the USA and China. Selected US and Chinese delegates will be partnered together and collectively conduct a storytelling project which documents their experiences in both Los Angeles and Beijing.