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Water diplomacy in
the land of two rivers

Iraq has been afflicted by severe water shortages. This report delves into Iraq’s relationship with upstream neighbors Turkiye, Iran, and Syria, shedding light on the country’s water disputes amid an unfolding climate crisis. 

Charting a Nationalist and Secular Iraqi State: The Road Ahead

Young people are changing Iraq. But what kind of state do they want? Read the results of our latest national survey of 1,062 eligible Iraqi voters ages 18 – 40 on their views toward religion and a secular state.

briefing paper on climate change and resource management in iraq

Iraqis are taking the initiative to address the impacts of climate change and poor resource management on Iraqi families. This brief will examine the far-reaching problems and offer recommendations for policy and local action.

The long game: Iraq's "tishreen" movement
and the struggle for reform

A rare ground-level glimpse into the popular Tishreen movement for reform in Iraq. The report includes focus groups with Tishreen and Kurdish activists, a national survey of public opinion, an analysis of social media, and dozens of in-depth interviews.

المباراة الطويلة: حركة تشرين في العراق والنضال من أجل الإصلاح

لمحة نادرة عن حركة تشرين الشعبية للإصلاح في العراق. يتضمن التقرير مجموعات تركيز مع تشرين ونشطاء أكراد ، واستطلاع رأي وطني ، وتحليل لوسائل التواصل الاجتماعي ، وعشرات المقابلات المعمقة

Peacebuilding with digital media
training manual

This comprehensive manual is for change-makers who want to use social media to bridge divides. It covers peacebuilding strategy, video content production, audience engagement and growth, and online safety. 

دليل تدريبي حول بناء السلام بوسائل الإعلام الرقمية

هذا الدليل الشامل مخصص لصناع التغيير الذين يرغبون في استخدام وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي لسد الانقسامات. ويغطي استراتيجية بناء السلام ، وإنتاج محتوى الفيديو ، وإشراك الجمهور ونموه ، والسلامة على الإنترنت

National survey of iraqi voters

EPIC’s nation-wide public opinion survey of 1,068 Iraqi voters in all of Iraq’s provinces. The survey predicted outcomes of the October 2021 election that major media outlets missed, such as parliamentary gains for candidates associated with the Tishreen reform movement. 

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briefing paper on climate change and resource management in iraq

Iraqis are taking the initiative to address the impacts of climate change and poor resource management on Iraqi families. This brief will examine the far-reaching problems and offer recommendations for policy and local action.

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latest news & analysis from iraq

ISHM: February 15 – 22, 2024

Key Takeaways: Baghdad To Host 2025 Arab Summit; Top Court Rulings To Reshape Kurdistan’s Election System, Budget Payments – On February 19, an Iraqi government spokesman said that Baghdad has submitted a request to host the Arab League summit in 2025. The announcement, and news that the government plans to spend IQD 26 billion on preparations, sparked criticism, including from lawmakers affiliated with the ruling Coordination Framework coalition. On February 21, Iraq’s Federal Supreme Court issued a ruling that struck down several articles of the Kurdistan region’s election law and made significant changes to its electoral system. Notably, it reduces the number of representatives in the regional parliament from 111 to 100 by eliminating the minority quota seats, and divides the region into “no fewer than four” electoral districts. On the same day, the Court ruled that delays or deductions affecting the salaries and pensions of civil servants in the

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