Category: Iraq Matters Podcast

#10: Is Peace in Iraq Possible? The Story of “Little Iraq”

Can Iraq’s diverse communities ever live together peacefully? To answer this question, we talk with Christine van den Toorn who tells us the story of “Little Iraq”, a town called Bashiqa. Also included is excerpts from Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq’s recent remarks on the need for the US to be more engaged in promoting national reconciliation and an Iraq Update with Musings on Iraq blogger, Joel Wing.

#9: Making a List and Checking it Twice

To mark the two year anniversary of the U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq, we talk with Kirk Johnson, author of To Be A Friend is Fatal and founder of The List Project, an organization dedicated to helping the Iraqis America left behind. Also included: a new Iraq Update with Ahmed Ali, a spotlight of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, and Part 2 of our interview with the groundbreaking Iraqi-American journalist Yasmeen Alamiri, who discusses the contributions that resettled Iraqi refugees are making to communities in America today.

#8: A Conversation with Yasmeen Alamiri

By the age of 23, Yasmeen Alamiri was a White House correspondent. As a young Iraqi American woman who has covered two administrations, what have the past five years been like? How does she view the Obama administration on Iraq? What are her hopes for the future? Tune in as Iraq Matters reports the latest news on Iraq including a special humanitarian update on Syrian refugees, your letters, and a conversation with “a voice driving the media conversation,” the groundbreaking Al-Arabiya journalist and producer Yasmeen Alamiri.

#7: Veterans’ Perspectives on Iraq

Today, Iraq Matters sits down with three Iraq veterans to discuss their unique perspectives gained while deployed in Iraq. All three have made the commitment to continue their mission in Iraq. In addition, Erik Gustafson, EPIC’s director and also a veteran of the 1991 Gulf War, delivers the first Iraq Matters commentary on EPIC's recommendations for the Obama administration's relationship moving forward with Iraq.

#6: Maliki’s Meeting with Obama

Today, Iraq Matters sits down with Ahmed Ali, Iraq analyst from the Institute for the Study of War, to discuss today's meeting between Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and President Obama. This is the first time in nearly two years these two men last sat down together. Ahmed Ali talks about what PM Maliki hopes to achieve and the opportunity that it presents for the Obama administration to reset US-Iraq relations in support of genuine peace efforts and improvements in governance.

#5: Baghdad’s Message to Washington

At the top of our show, we highlight Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zubari's visit to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and his discussion about Iraq’s progress and current challenges. Our second highlight is Iraq’s new Ambassador Lukman Faily and his recent appearance at the Brookings Institute. Finally, we have a culture corner with Professor Bilal Wahab about Iraqi cuisine and what’s trending with Iraqi youth.

#4: Higher Education in Iraq

This week, our focus is on higher education in Iraq and the story of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS), a student-centered American-style university established in 2007. Our executive director, Erik Gustafson discusses his recent trip to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, including an update on our current field work project, PhotoVoice Iraq, and his visit to three Syrian refugee camps. This is followed by an interview with our special guest, Kyle Long, from AUIS, who focuses on higher education in Iraq and the story of AUIS. Finally, an excerpt from Professor Bilal Wahab about his experience at this prestigious university.

#3: Is Iraq’s Oil a Blessing or a Curse?

Our third podcast includes our conversation with Professor Bilal Wahab of American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) about the double-edged sword of Iraq's oil wealth- is it a blessing or a curse? Joel Wing of Musings on Iraq gives us the latest with his Iraq Update, and we include an exchange between Phebe Marr and Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Ahmed Ali of the Institute for the Study of War also speaks on popular trends among the youth of Iraq at our Culture Center.

#1: Our Podcast Debut

Ahmed Ali of the Institute for the Study of War talks with us about Iraqi politics and what’s up with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. We also receive an Iraq Update from Joel Wing of Musings on Iraq, a description of Ramadan from American Islamic Congress co-founder and executive director Zainab al-Suwaij, and a "Put Iraq Back on the Agenda" campaign update.