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EPIC promotes peace and development in Iraq through research, education, and humanitarian action.

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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

EPIC WELCOMES SUMMER 2022 INTERNS

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

ISHM: MAY 19 – 26, 2022

Key Takeaways: Militias Threaten Kurdish Leaders; KDP, PUK Meet In An Attempt To Break Deadlock; Parliament Passes Bill Criminalizing Ties With Israel – On May 23, an umbrella group of Iran-backed Iraqi militias accused the KDP of collaborating with Israel and “training armed factions…that aim to spread chaos.” The message… Read more

ISHM: MAY 12 – 19, 2022

Key Takeaways: Sadr Lashes Out At Rivals, Judiciary; UNAMI Says Political Will To End Deadlock Is “Painfully Absent”; Parliament Bypasses Court Ruling On Spending Bill; Salah Ad-Din Governor Sacked – On May 16, Muqtada al-Sadr attacked his rivals in the Coordination Framework (CF) and the Federal Supreme Court after the… Read more

ISHM: APRIL 28 – MAY 5, 2022

Key Takeaways: Sadr And Coordination Framework Present Competing Government Formation Proposals Involving Independents – On May 4, the Coordination Framework (CF) presented a proposal aimed at resolving the political deadlock over government formation. The nine-point statement urged the KDP and PUK to reach consensus on a candidate for the presidency,… Read more

ISHM: APRIL 21 – 28, 2022

Key Takeaways: Tehran And Riyadh Hold New Talks In Baghdad; Halbousi, Threatened By Returning Political Rivals, Seeks New Understanding With Iran – On April 23, Iran’s foreign ministry said that Iran and Saudi Arabia recently held a “fifth round” of diplomatic talks in Baghdad. Iranians said the talks were “positive,”… Read more