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#28: Displacements Beyond Mosul

On this edition of Iraq Matters, we are pleased to welcome Daryl Grisgraber of Refugees International who recently returned from Iraq. While there, she visited displacement camps in both central and northern Iraq, and met with displaced families, aid agencies, and UN officials to gain a comprehensive understanding of the situation.

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A Truly EPIC Event: Thursday, November 17!

Iraq is once again in the headlines as military efforts to expel ISIS from the city of Mosul are well underway. At EPIC, we are responding by continuing to monitor the security situation and humanitarian crisis, informing Congress, our aid community colleagues, and the administration of emerging needs, and stepping up our on-the-ground efforts by providing displaced families with urgently needed food assistance. Iraq needs us, and we need you. On Thursday, November 17, join EPIC staff, Board Members, and our Host Committee at A Truly EPIC Event in support of Iraq’s future. All proceeds go to further EPIC’s mission of humanitarian action for

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Will Mosul’s Residents Flee?

Government policymakers and humanitarian agencies have not adequately prepared for a scenario in which a significant portion of Mosul’s remaining 1.2 million residents stay in the city as it is liberated.

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photo credit: Matthew Schweitzer

Interview with Joost Hiltermann: Proxy War in Post-ISIS Iraq

In northern Iraq, Turkey and Iran are playing their proxies against each other. This rivalry will shape the region’s post-ISIS landscape, and could spark future conflict. To learn more, we spoke with Joost Hiltermann, program director for the Middle East and North Africa at the International Crisis Group and an expert on Iraqi Kurdistan. 

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“We have to move now.”

[wonderplugin_slider id=5]   The Challenge Mosul has been a site of civilization for more than 5,000 years and, through that time, blossomed into Iraq’s second largest city – a cosmopolitan mosaic of ethnic and religious diversity. It has served as a meeting place for Arabs, Kurds, Muslims, Christians, Jews, Yazidis, and others over the millennia and has been home to one of the most important academic and medical centers in the Middle East. Typically inhabited by over 2 million people, this gemstone in Iraq’s crown fell under the brutal occupation of the self-proclaimed Islamic State in June 2014. Since that

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#27: What happens to Mosul after ISIS?

On this edition of Iraq Matters, we ask Christine van den Toorn from the American University of Iraq how northern Iraq, which has long been shaped by ethnic factions vying for power, will be governed as it rebuilds and repopulates. What pre-ISIS conflicts among these groups linger, and how will that shape the future?

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Welcome EPIC’s New Program Assistant!

We are thrilled to announce that Matthew Schweitzer began this week as EPIC’s new Program Assistant! Fluent in Arabic, Matthew has spent considerable time in Iraq examining the intersection of conflict, political development, and culture. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Al Jazeera, Le Monde Diplomatique, and the International Journal of Constitutional Law. Matthew is a graduate of the University of Chicago and recently completed a fellowship with the U.S. State Department in Washington, DC and Abu Dhabi. He is the founder and publisher of the online magazine Post-War Watch. In his role at EPIC, Matthew will

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Welcome EPIC’s Newest 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 the opportunity to connect them to Iraq and its people. Please join us in welcoming our Fall 2016 interns: Emily Burchfield, Charles Fidler, and Charlotte Mooney.   Emily Burchfield is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego where she majored in Political Science and International Relations and minored in Middle East

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