Author: Ivan Korkes

Ivan Korkes

Ivan Korkes is a member of the 2017 Philos Leadership Institute class, and served as an intern with the Philos Project this summer. An Assyrian Christian born in Baghdad, Iraq, Ivan and his family fled their homeland in 2003 and moved to Syria for safety. After living in Syria for nearly six years, he moved with his family to the United States in 2008 as refugees. He is pursuing a degree in international business at Illinois State University. Ivan is fluent in Assyrian (Neo-Aramaic) and has been certified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages as a proficient Arabic speaker.

Reviving Mosul

By Ivan Korkes Friday, August 4, 2017

From Basra to Dohuk, celebrations filled the streets of Iraq after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi declared the city of…

Palestinian Commenters Say ISIS Was “Best-Case Scenario” For Mosul

By Ivan Korkes Tuesday, July 25, 2017

An estimated 500,000 civilians fled from Mosul since the takeover of ISIS in 2014. The city became a battlefield and its…


Soccer Ban Lift Brings Unity and Hope to Iraq

By Ivan Korkes Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The people of Iraq are desperate for joy. Passion about their soccer team unites Iraqis, despite countless political and religious divisions in the country.