Month: February 2020

#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.

ISHM: FEBRUARY 20 – FEBRUARY 27, 2020

Key Takeaways: Sunni, Kurdish Parties Object To Allawi’s Handling Of Government Formation; Allawi Presents Program; Sadr Attacks Political Rivals, Threatens To Mobilize Militia; PMF Selects New Chief; Parliament Fails To Vote On Allawi’s Government – On February 21, a senior member of the Sunni coalition led by Speaker Halbousi said… Read more

ISHM: FEBRUARY 13 – FEBRUARY 20, 2020

Key Takeaways: Constitutional Amendments Committee Stumbles; KDP, PUK And Halbousi Demand Share In New Government; Allawi Promises An “Independent” Cabinet Next Week; U.S., UN Condemn Continuing Violence Against Protesters – On February 16, political sources said the 18-member committee charged with formulating constitutional amendments has made very little progress toward… Read more

ISHM: FEBRUARY 6 – FEBRUARY 13, 2020

Key Takeaways: Sistani Condemns Violence Against Protesters; Amiri Mediates Between Sadr And Maliki; Allawi Under Pressure Amid Competing Demands By Political Rivals; Iraq And NATO Agree On Training Mission – On February 7, Ayatollah Ali Sistani condemned ongoing violence against protesters, specifically the February 5 Najaf attacks during which Sadr’s… Read more

EPIC WELCOMES SPRING 2020 INTERNS

Three times per year, EPIC welcomes a new cohort of interns – young professionals seeking to add practical experience to their academic backgrounds in humanitarian affairs, international relations, security studies, political science, public relations, and beyond. We are grateful for their contributions to our research, action, and advocacy, and for… Read more

ISHM: JANUARY 30 – FEBRUARY 6, 2020

Key Takeaways: Mohammed Allawi To Be Iraq’s Next PM; Saeroun And Fatah Endorse Allawi, Protesters Reject Him; At Least Eight Killed, Scores Injured After Sadr’s Followers Attack Protesters – On February 1, President Barham Salih tasked former communications minister Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi with forming Iraq’s next government, ending two months… Read more

NINEWA SECURITY BULLETIN: JANUARY 24 – JANUARY 31, 2020

  Summary: Security incidents during this reporting period included two improvised explosive device (IED) explosions that killed one person and injured five more south and west of Mosul. There was also one attack with small arms fire in which another person was killed, and there were reports of militant activity… Read more

NINEWA SECURITY BULLETIN: JANUARY 17 – JANUARY 24, 2020

  Summary: Security incidents during this reporting period included at least five operations by Iraqi security forces (ISF) that resulted in the arrest of more than 20 suspected terrorists and the dismantling of a terrorist cell whose size was not declared. Meanwhile, four civilians were injured in improvised explosive device… Read more

The real cost of US-Iran escalation in Iraq

Originally published by the Middle East Institute – January 27, 2020 As an Iraqi American who lived through the 1991 Gulf War and 2003 U.S.-led invasion to bring about regime change, I have witnessed firsthand how U.S. wars in the region can break out when Baghdad and Washington fail to… Read more