Enabling Peace in Iraq Center

ISHM: JULY 2 – JULY 9, 2020

Key Takeaways: Kadhimi Appoints New Security Adviser, Chief of National Security Service; Poor Economic Conditions Spark Protests In Kurdistan; Public Anger Over Assassination Of Prominent Researcher – On July 4, PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi appointed retired General Abdul-Ghani al-Asadi, a former commander in the Counter-Terrorism Service as head of the National Security Service and appointed former Interior Minister Qasim al-Araji as his National Security Advisor. On July 6, protesters in Sulaymaniyah broke into the local office of the KRG Parliament, demanding payment of their salaries, which have been delayed since February. Meanwhile in Erbil, farmers protested the loss of crop earnings by tossing their crops on the street as cheap imports from neighboring countries caused prices to fall and lock-down left them unable to market their produce. On July 7, demonstrators in Tahrir Square in Baghdad mourned Husham al-Hashimi, a prominent Iraqi security analyst who was assassinated by gunmen on Monday.

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News and Features

Iraqi girls at camp near Baghdad

Three Ways Your Support Can Save Lives and Help Iraq

We are one world. Iraq is us and we are Iraq. The world heritage of the land between two rivers is interwoven into the very fabric of who we are — from humanity’s early quest for meaning (the Epic of Gilgamesh) to our pursuit of knowledge (Ibn al-Haythem‘s embrace of the scientific method). Likewise, our spirit of 1776 can also be found in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square and in the desire of every Iraqi to form a more perfect union. Kicking

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The COVID-19 pandemic, which for the first few months seemed to mysteriously spare Iraq’s exposed population, is now hitting the country of 39 million and its under-resourced health system hard. The main cause has been poor compliance with social distancing policies by many Iraqis who haven’t taken the pandemic seriously or prefer to risk disease rather than suffer the economic costs of extended lock-down. Meanwhile, poor policies and poor conditions at hospitals are causing many of them to spread the

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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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What We Are Doing to Help

Enhance Understanding

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

Soccer Salam

An innovative initiative delivering hope and the joy of play to children and families recovering from violence in Iraq.

Safe Return

A restorative program to support victims of severe human rights abuses in Ninewa seeking to safely return home.