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Last week, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared an end to the war against ISIS and we join the international community in celebrating this significant victory! Together, we must seize this moment to make sure that peace in Iraq is sustained in the near-term and endures for generations to come. With your help, we are focused on supporting Iraqi civil society– those on the frontlines of their country’s recovery – by providing advocacy, information, and skilled volunteers. Here are a few highlights of this work since our last update: our launch of the Connection Initiative which brings together Iraqi-American volunteers with civil society organizations in Iraq who need their time and talent;
Today is #GivingTuesday – the non-profit world’s version of Black Friday – when we ask all of our supporters to give generously to causes that inspire them and encourage their friends and family to do the same. This past summer, EPIC’s Executive Director Erik Gustafson was in Mosul shortly after the last of the ISIS militants were driven out of the city. While there, he met a group of young art students who created a short skit to tell the story of their ordeal and we hope you will take just a few minutes to watch it: These young people have suffered through a nightmare unimaginable for
Every year at this time, Americans reflect on what it is we are most grateful for as we celebrate the season of Thanksgiving. At EPIC, we are blessed with staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to enhance understanding of Iraq’s story, monitor the crisis to inform smarter policy, and provide relief to those who need it most. But we are most thankful for you – our supporters – who make all of our efforts possible. For nearly 20 years, you have stood by us as we rallied against crippling economic sanctions on Iraq in the 1990s, raised our voices to question the rush to war in 2003, and pressed
The Education for Peace in Iraq Center’s Connection Initiative brings together members of the Iraqi diaspora living in the United States and civil society organizations in Iraq who need contributions of time and talent. Over the past several months, we have reached out to dozens of Iraqi NGOs working on the front lines of government accountability, minority protection, youth empowerment, gender equality, emergency relief, and more. These organizations have shared with us the skills they are seeking in order to grow their capacity, strengthen their mission, and help more people. What we need now are Iraqi-American volunteers to work with them virtually (via the Internet) or on-the-ground in
On Thursday, November 16, join EPIC staff, Board Members, and our Host Committee at A Truly EPIC Happy Hour in support of Iraq’s future. All proceeds go to further EPIC’s mission of humanitarian action for peace. Meet new friends interested in making Iraq safe and prosperous again and reconnect with colleagues who have spent time in the region. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, drink specials, a beautiful view of Washington (weather permitting), and excellent company! The evening will also include a short video of a youth group performance in Mosul and a brief update on our work to empower young people and Iraqi civil society.
The most powerful groups within the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) existed long before ISIS seized Mosul in June 2014, and will continue to build influence in the future now that operations to liberate the city have concluded.
On Sunday, September 24, Professionals for a Better Iraq (PBI) held their First Annual Assembly in northern Virginia where 60 Iraqi-American professionals came together for the opportunity to network and contribute to a shared vision for Iraq’s future. PBI is EPIC’s implementing partner on our Connection Initiative which aims to link members of Iraq’s talented diaspora living in the United States with civil society organizations in Iraq receptive to and in-need of their skillsets. Based on a recent visit to northern Iraq, EPIC Executive Director Erik Gustafson spoke to those gathered on the outsized need facing many of Iraq’s civil society
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 2017 interns: Brennan and Yaniv! Brennan Smith is a graduate of Hamilton College, where she double majored in American Studies and Government. Her focus was on the relationship between the United States and the Middle East. Her interest
As the Muslim community prepares to celebrate Eid al-Adha, my family is making a gift to the Education for Peace in Iraq Center. For nearly 20 years, EPIC has fought to raise awareness and understanding of the needs in my native Iraq. In the 1990s, that meant organizing protests against sanctions that crippled the Iraqi economy, left average citizens to suffer, and did nothing to stop Saddam Hussein’s regime. In the lead-up to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, EPIC was among the earliest (and loudest) voices who questioned the rush to war. And in the years that followed, EPIC supporters lobbied Congress and