Category: Research & Advocacy

President Obama Sits Down with Prime Minister Abadi in the Oval Office

On Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met in the Oval Office. Both leaders expressed their commitment to a robust relationship between the two countries, emphasizing priorities for continued cooperation. Several of these priorities reflect the progress that Haider al-Abadi has made in improving governance… Read more

The Promise of Reform: Haider al-Abadi’s First Eight Months as Prime Minister of Iraq

By Alec Lynde In a hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on February 25, 2015, Secretary of State John Kerry offered his remarks on Iraq’s new central government, led by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi: Part of the problem in Iraq was the sectarianism that the former prime minister had… Read more

Mental Health in Iraq: Misunderstood & Marginalized

Mental illness and Psychiatry are both frontier areas of medicine and are still gaining ground in both developed and developing nations. In Iraq, an estimated 18.6% of the population suffers from mental illness, that is 5.9 million people. WHO estimates that mental illness is the fourth leading cause of poor… Read more

It’s Not Just Elections, It’s a Crossroads for a Nation’s Future

If all goes as planned, Iraqis will head to the polls on 30 April 2014 for the first national parliamentary elections since the 2011 withdrawal of U.S. forces. Iraq’s incumbent Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki is seeking a third consecutive term, despite his government’s chronic failure to promote good governance, better… Read more

The Refugee Crisis: A Growing Concern for Iraq and the International Community

The plight of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq is a growing concern for both humanitarian agencies and the Iraqi government. The UNHCR appeal on Iraq for 2014 describes these concerns in great details.  Though Iraq is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention, nor the 1967… Read more

Without a Home: Violence in Anbar Leads to More Internal Displacement

It seems as though the “bad years” of Iraq have made a return to news stands once again. The Al-Qaeda nightmare that once haunted the Iraqi public and stole the lives of tens of thousands, if not more, of innocent civilians has returned, bringing with it an even more horrific… Read more