Year: 2022

ISHM: JULY 28 – AUGUST 4, 2022

Key Takeaways: Sadr Demands Early Elections, Rejects Calls For Dialogue As Followers Occupy Parliament; Counter-Protests By Rivals Raise Fear Of Violence – On August 3, Muqtada al-Sadr called for the dissolution of Parliament and early elections, but said he hasn’t decided whether he would participate in those. Sadr also asked… Read more

ISHM: JULY 21 – 28, 2022

Key Takeaways: Sadrists Responds To Rivals’ PM Pick By Storming The Parliament Building; Iraq Asks Security Council To Press For Turkish Withdrawal – On July 25, the Coordination Framework (CF) officially nominated Mohammed Shya al-Sudani as its PM candidate. Sudani, a former minister in Nouri al-Maliki’s second cabinet (2010-2014) and… Read more

ISHM: JULY 14 – 21, 2022

Key Takeaways: Sadr Tells Maliki To Leave Politics As Leaked Recordings Reveal Civil War Threats; Baghdad Demands Turkish Withdrawal After Deadly Shelling – On July 17, Nouri al-Maliki said that audio recordings posted by an Iraqi commentator on Twitter, in which Maliki allegedly attacked other political leaders and threatened violence,… Read more

ISHM: JUNE 9 – 16, 2022

Key Takeaways: Sadr’s 73 Representatives Resign From Parliament; KRG Says Federal Court Has No Power To Invalidate Oil Legislation – On June 12, Muqtada al-Sadr instructed the members of his 73-strong bloc in Parliament to submit their resignations, describing the move as “a sacrifice for the homeland and the people… Read more


At least once a 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… Read more

ISHM: JUNE 2 – 9, 2022

Key Takeaways: Parliament Approves IQD25 Trillion “Food Security” Bill; Sadr Tells His Lawmakers To Prepare Resignations – On June 8, Iraq’s Parliament voted to approve the “Emergency Support for Food Security and Development” bill during a session that was attended by 273 lawmakers. The passage of the contentious bill, which… Read more

ISHM: MAY 26 – JUNE 2, 2022

Key Takeaways: KRG Oil Chief Resigns; U.S. Criticizes Anti-Israel Law; Sacked Governor Fights To Stay In Power; UNAMI Says Accountability For Abuses Remains “Limited” – On May 26, KRG PM Masrour Barzani said his Minister of Natural Resources, Kamal al-Atrushi, had “voluntarily” resigned. On May 26, the U.S. Department of… Read more