Category: Issues in Focus

Discriminatory “SAFE Act” Fails in Senate

The American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015 fell short of the required votes for cloture in the Senate yesterday, effectively bringing the discriminatory legislation to a halt. The SAFE Act would have required the FBI to conduct a redundant investigation into the background of any individual seeking refugee… Read more

Reassessing the Global Refugee Crisis

“Conflict is natural. The issue is how well we manage conflict and attempt to not allow it progress to violence.” – President of USIP, Nancy Lindborg In a globalized world, it is nearly impossible to be completely insulated. There are faster planes, faster trains, and faster bandwidth. However, what has… Read more

The Humanitarian Crisis in Iraq: Internal Displacement

Introduction This post will focus on Internally Displaced Persons, or IDPs. Understanding the significance of the IDP problem is crucial to understanding the humanitarian crisis occurring in Iraq today. There are currently roughly 3.9 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Iraq, 3.2 million of those being displaced since January 2014.… Read more

The Power of Empathy and Advocacy

“I have long said that Americans are the most generous people in the world. But we do have the shortest attention spans. And when it comes to global crises today, I fear that too many in the United States believe that we can insulate ourselves from the world’s problems and… Read more

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

Security and Governance Update with Joel Wing

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/171229825″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] On September 30th, we got to talk with Joel Wing, who writes the blog, Musings on Iraq, highlighting the latests security developments, the current foreign policy responses, and discuss how Iraq’s prime minister is handling the conflict. Tune in to get a… Read more

Joint Subcommittee Hearings: Attacks Against Religious Minorities in Syria and Iraq

On September 10, 2014, US House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a joint subcommittee hearing to address atrocities committed by ISIS against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria. Christians were often the main focus, however, testimonies shed light on the plight of other minorities, such as Yazidis, Shabaks, and Shia… Read more

Humanitarian Crisis Overview Series: Health, WASH, and Food Security

Last week’s blog post on the displacement issue in Iraq’s ongoing humanitarian crisis highlighted an important phenomenon; the violence has come to intensify existing development problems in Iraq. Among the most important of these problems are health, food security, and WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) programs.   Highlights: After 4… Read more