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Water diplomacy in
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Iraq has been afflicted by severe water shortages. This report delves into Iraq’s relationship with upstream neighbors Turkiye, Iran, and Syria, shedding light on the country’s water disputes amid an unfolding climate crisis. 

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ISHM: February 15 – 22, 2024

Key Takeaways: Baghdad To Host 2025 Arab Summit; Top Court Rulings To Reshape Kurdistan’s Election System, Budget Payments – On February 19, an Iraqi government spokesman said that Baghdad has submitted a request to host the Arab League summit in 2025. The announcement, and news that the government plans to spend IQD 26 billion on preparations, sparked criticism, including from lawmakers affiliated with the ruling Coordination Framework coalition. On February 21, Iraq’s Federal Supreme Court issued a ruling that struck down several articles of the Kurdistan region’s election law and made significant changes to its electoral system. Notably, it reduces the number of representatives in the regional parliament from 111 to 100 by eliminating the minority quota seats, and divides the region into “no fewer than four” electoral districts. On the same day, the Court ruled that delays or deductions affecting the salaries and pensions of civil servants in the

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EPIC is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that supports Iraqis working toward a just and peaceful Iraq where all citizens live a safe, free and dignified life. We carry out programs in Iraq, conduct crucial research, and push for change through advocacy.  You can support our work by receiving our newsletter, making a donation, participating in periodic campaigns, and joining our conversation on social media.

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The Long Game: Iraq’s Tishreen Movement and the Struggle for Reform

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News and Features

Celebrating 25 Years of Enabling Peace: Help Strengthen our Impact in 2024

We’re on a meaningful journey together. For a quarter-century, thanks to supporters like you, EPIC has worked to advance peace and human rights in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. We have stood against international sanctions and the atrocities of Saddam Hussein, navigated the aftermath of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, documented ISIS’s genocide against Yazidis, experienced the tremendous relief of the liberation of Mosul and the defeat of ISIS, and shared the story of Iraq’s popular “Tishreen” movement for reform. We

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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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Can oil and water mix?: Creating opportunities for Iraq-Turkey cooperation

Originally published by the Middle East Institute — August 31, 2023 Last week saw a flurry of diplomatic activity between Baghdad and Ankara. The top priorities in the talks that took place in Erbil, Ankara, and Baghdad almost simultaneously were oil exports, the presence of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraq, and Iraq’s water crisis. The visits by Ankara’s foreign and energy ministers to Iraq and by Baghdad’s oil minister to Turkey were preparations for an anticipated visit by Turkish President Recep

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Celebrating 25 Years of Enabling Peace: Help Strengthen our Impact in 2024

We’re on a meaningful journey together. For a quarter-century, thanks to supporters like you, EPIC has worked to advance peace and human rights in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. We have stood against international sanctions and the atrocities of Saddam Hussein, navigated the aftermath of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, documented ISIS’s genocide against Yazidis, experienced the tremendous relief of the liberation of Mosul and the defeat of ISIS, and shared the story of Iraq’s popular “Tishreen” movement for reform. We

Read More »

#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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Can oil and water mix?: Creating opportunities for Iraq-Turkey cooperation

Originally published by the Middle East Institute — August 31, 2023 Last week saw a flurry of diplomatic activity between Baghdad and Ankara. The top priorities in the talks that took place in Erbil, Ankara, and Baghdad almost simultaneously were oil exports, the presence of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraq, and Iraq’s water crisis. The visits by Ankara’s foreign and energy ministers to Iraq and by Baghdad’s oil minister to Turkey were preparations for an anticipated visit by Turkish President Recep

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Iraq’s Electoral Democracy on the Line: A Call for Extending UNAMI’s Mandate

By EPIC’s Editorial Team On April 19, Judge Jalil Adnan Khalaf, Chairman of Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), reportedly resigned under pressure from influential political factions, raising concerns about the integrity of Iraq’s electoral system. This development, coupled with recent amendments to Iraq’s election law (published here), poses a formidable challenge to the progress made in electoral reforms following the Tishreen protests in October 2019, which aimed for a more democratic and accountable government. The Tishreen protest movement underscored

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