Enabling Peace in Iraq Center


Key Takeaways: KRG Condemns Borrowing Bill Vote; PM Affirms Commitment To Early Elections; Sinjar Locals Seek Changes To Normalization Agreement; U.S. To Pull 500 Personnel By January – On November 13, KRG PM Masrour Barzani condemned the Iraqi Parliament’s vote on a borrowing bill despite Kurdish objections and warned that “the dangerous precedent” the vote established “must be quickly reconsidered,” but PUK co-president Lahur Talabani blamed the KRG negotiators for failing to protect the region’s rights. On November 14, PM Kadhimi reaffirmed the government’s commitment to holding elections next June and later directed the Ministry of Finance to allocate resources to the election commission to fund necessary technical preparations. On November 15, PM Kadhimi reportedly promised a delegation of Sinjar residents to revise two key elements of an agreement made last month regarding the normalization of conditions in the contested district. On November 16, the White House instructed the Pentagon

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News and Features

Update on our Campaign for #IraqCOVIDRelief

Earlier this month, we kicked off our #IraqCOVIDRelief fundraiser that will aid two hospitals fighting the spread of COVID-19 in Mosul, Iraq. As of today, we are over 20% of the way towards our $30,000 goal!  And it gets better. Thanks to two generous supporters, right now all donations will be matched dollar for dollar. So if you have not yet donated, visit our Facebook fundraiser and invite your friends, family and network to join you in doubling your impact

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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.