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Launching Our Project with the Iraqi Diaspora

We are thrilled to announce the addition of Ayad Amin to the EPIC team! Ayad will be coordinating our newest program, the Connection Initiative. In partnership with Professionals for a Better Iraq and with funding from the National Endowment for Democracy, EPIC’s Connection Initiative will seek to connect members of the Iraqi diaspora living in the United States with civil society organizations in their native Iraq who need their time and talent. Since arriving in the U.S. from Iraq in 2006, Ayad has worked with a number of refugee resettlement and aid organizations in the Washington, DC area, including five years with the Iraqi Cultural Center, where he helped promote mutual understanding

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Reflection, Reconciliation, and Reconstruction

As nearly one million people remain displaced from Mosul and its surroundings, a plan to reconcile differences and rebuild cooperatively is critical for breaking the cycle of violence in Iraq. Our recent publications cover past lessons that may be useful in shaping Iraq’s future…

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#32: Yazidi Women and Conflict in Northern Iraq

On this edition of Iraq Matters, noted British writer and journalist Cathy Otten explains the situation facing Yazidi families – particularly women and girls – as ISIS is driven out of their homeland in northern Iraq.

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Measuring a Year in Iraq

As he prepares for graduate study, our departing program assistant reflects on his time and research at EPIC, and looks toward Iraq’s reconstruction after ISIS.

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Helping Iraq Recover After ISIS

The people of Iraq have successfully liberated the city of Mosul from the grips of ISIS after a nine month battle that claimed the lives of thousands of innocent civilians and left 70% of the city’s western half in near ruin. The result of ISIS brutality, 750,000 people remain displaced from their homes and in stark need of food, water, and medicine. This Friday, I will travel to Iraq on a field mission to assess our efforts to help Iraq rebuild and bridge gaps in critical services. Before I go, I had the opportunity to sit down with the individual responsible for these efforts on a national

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#31: Reconstructing Iraq After ISIS

On this edition of Iraq Matters, President of Iraq’s Reconstruction Fund, Dr. Mustafa al-Hiti, explains the stark needs facing Iraq after ISIS, and the steps underway to rebuild his country’s future.

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Iraqi Agriculture in Crisis

The agricultural sector — Iraq’s second largest industry, employing nearly one-third of the population — has been decimated by conflict, mismanagement, and halfhearted reform. 

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Welcome to Our Summer 2017 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 Summer 2017 interns: Yousuf, Tara, and Calvin! Yousuf Eltagouri is a rising senior at The George Washington University studying International Affairs with a minor in Arabic. Yousuf’s deep passion in Middle East Policy and regional development began as a

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