This Holiday Season, help Iraqis Strive for Peace, Defend Human Rights, and Make a Lasting Impact

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Enabling Peace in Iraq Center



ISHM: JANUARY 13 – 20, 2022

Key Takeaways: Qaani Mediating Between Sadr And Rivals; Mosul’s Mayor Arrested; Court Delays Ruling In Case Concerning Legality Of Parliament’s First Session – On January 16, Iran’s Quds Force commander Esmail Qaani arrived in Iraq to mediate between the coordination framework for Shia parties (CF) and Muqtada al-Sadr, seeking a compromise on government formation. Political sources initially said Qaani failed to convince Sadr to reconsider his demand for “excluding Nouri al-Maliki.” But by January 19, there were signs of possible breakthrough as political sources said the CF agreed to accommodate Sadr’s “veto” on Maliki. On January 19, Iraq’s Integrity Commission said that an anti-corruption court in Ninewa executed an arrest warrant against the mayor of Mosul on charges of soliciting and receiving bribes in exchange for allowing developers to parcel out and sell public land. On January 19, Iraq’s Supreme Federal Court heard from the plaintiffs in the case filed

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News and Features

Three goals for impact in 2022

Iraqis have been undergoing tremendous change as they work for a better future, and EPIC is adapting along with them. In 2022, we will sharply focus on three program areas: peace and recovery, human rights and governance, and responding to the effects of climate change. Peace: Recovering after conflict Recovery is not only about buildings and infrastructure. Violence also causes mental and emotional destruction, and tears the social fabric of a community that allows a society to thrive. After a

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While Iraq’s next government may be “business as usual,” the election has planted the seeds for change

Originally published by The Middle East Institute – November 1, 2021 Iraq’s Oct. 10 election may be more consequential than its immediate results suggest. Some of the subtle facts and dynamics surrounding the election point to interesting trends and possibilities, more so than the headline-grabbing expansion of Muqtada al-Sadr’s power in the Iraqi legislature, or the losses suffered by candidates representing Iran-backed militias. It may seem paradoxical at first, but this election could provide the conditions for a future rebound

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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.