For this #GivingTuesday, we invite you to join us in making a lasting impact in Iraq

Enabling Peace in Iraq Center

ISHM: November 19 – December 3, 2020

Key Takeaways: PM Urges Lawmakers To Fund Election; Group Drops Effort To Unseat Halbousi; Sadr’s Followers Kill Seven Protesters In Nasiriyah Clashes As He Announces Ambitious Election Bid – On November 21, the Cabinet asked for IQD60 billion to finance the Iraqi High Elections Commission and PM Kadhimi later stressed that Parliament must pass an election financing bill to allow the Commission to prepare for the June 6 polls. On November 22, Parliament discussed a controversial Law on Information Technology Crimes that was condemned by rights organizations fearing that it will damage free speech and silence dissent. On November 26, representative Ahmed al-Jubouri (aka Abu Mazin) said the recently formed Iraqi Front has halted its efforts to remove Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi. On November 27, followers of Moqtada al-Sadr rallied for mass demonstrations in several provinces and clashed with protesters in Nasiriyah’s Haboubi Square. Gunmen believed to be Sadr followers killed

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News and Features

Spark Joy on #GivingTuesday

A spark of joy. That’s what every child expresses when he or she receives a gift, and that’s what we feel every time EPIC makes a positive difference in the lives of children and families. For this #GivingTuesday, if you have not already done so, we invite you to join us in making a lasting impact in Iraq. Your donation will go a long way in furthering EPIC’s mission of peace as we support the recovery of Sinjar and other

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Closing the US Embassy in Baghdad Is the Wrong Answer

Originally published by the LSE Middle East Center Blog – October 5, 2020 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s threat to close the American embassy in Baghdad exposes a dangerous dichotomy in the Trump administration’s Iraq policy. Less than six weeks ago, the administration gave visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and his colleagues a warm reception, offering support to help the Kadhimi government cope with Iraq’s severe economic crisis, prepare for early elections, respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and assert greater state

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#38: Social Media and Iraq’s Protest Movement

The nonviolent struggle for democratic reforms in Iraq is now well into its fifth month of sustained protests against the government. We talk with Hayder Hamzoz, founder of INSM (Iraqi Network for Social Media), a network of Iraqi bloggers and citizens journalists. Hayder shares his perspective on how the protests work and the critical role that social media activists are playing on both the physical and digital front lines of Iraq’s protest movement.

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featured projects

Enhance Understanding

We enhance understanding so that Iraq’s story can be shared and understood in the United States and around the world.

iraq covid relief

A fundraising effort to provide aid for hospitals fighting the spread of COVID-19 in Mosul, Iraq. 

restoring ninewa

A unique project that promotes public dialogue on critical issues related to stabilization and peace in Ninewa.