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Enabling Peace in Iraq Center



ISHM: NOVEMBER 11 – 18, 2021

Key Takeaways: UNSC Defends Iraq’s Elections; Hakim Presents Proposal To Address Political Impasse; Sadr Calls On Militias To Hand Over Weapons – On November 15, the UN Security Council issued a statement urging all Iraqi parties to respcet the “legally defined process and to facilitate a peaceful and independent judicial review of electoral appeals.” The statement affirmed that the UN will “monitor any unlawful attempts to undermine the election.” On November 16, Ammar al-Hakim presented a proposal to resolve political tensions in the aftermath of the October election. Political sources said Hakim’s proposal raised seven points that include canceling the current election law, disbanding the current IHEC, and holding early election within two years. On November 18, Muqtada al-Sadr told parties that rejected the election results that they “must hold their members who are suspected of corruption accountable…and purify the Hashed of undisciplined individuals,” if they want to be part

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News and Features

Recent Milestones and Plans Underway

What a month! We’ve been hard at work in October and early November, producing cutting-edge research, engaging policymakers and media, and building a new pillar of our work for 2022. Here are a few highlights of our recent work: One-of-a-kind research EPIC published the #TishreenReport, the product of a year-long study and countless in-depth interviews, including focus group discussions with Iraqi and Kurdish activists. Few publications offer this authentic, ground-level glimpse of Iraq’s national protest movement. It includes an account

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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.