6 PM – 9 PM, Thursday, December 12, 2019

Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009

Join EPIC for an evening of solidarity with Iraqi youth, civil society activists, poets, and artists pressing for genuine reforms in Iraq. 

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The Iraq Action Fund provides support to nonviolent civil society activists, youth organizers, and human rights defenders who are pressing for genuine reforms to Iraq’s political system. In close coordination with the Iraq Health Access Organization (IHAO), a small portion of the fund will be dedicated to assisting volunteer medics treating the immediate needs of injured protesters. The remainder will provide technical assistance, training, advocacy, and other forms of support in close consultation with civil society organizations, human rights defenders, and key youth organizers to support the calls for government reform.

Panel Members
Erik Gustafson, Moderator
Erik K. Gustafson is Executive Director of Enabling Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC), an organization he founded in 1998. Gustafson is a U.S. Army veteran of the 1991 Gulf War. Witnessing the consequences of war has fueled a life-long passion for peacebuilding, human rights work and humanitarian advocacy. 

Dr. Bilal Wahab, Iraqi Scholar and Political Analyst
Dr. Bilal Wahab is the Nathan and Esther K. Wagner fellow at The Washington Institute, where he focuses on governance in the Iraqi Kurdish region and in Iraq as a whole. He has taught at the American University of Iraq in Sulaimani, where he established the Center for Development and Natural Resources, a research program on oil and development. 

Omar Al-Nidawi, EPIC Program Manager
Omar Al-Nidawi joined EPIC in May 2019 as Program Manager in charge of developing and overseeing the organization’s research and monitoring initiatives. In this role, Omar edits the weekly Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor (ISHM), one of EPIC’s main initiative for monitoring conditions in Iraq.

Rasha Al Aqeedi, Editor-in-Charge at Irfaa Sawtak
Rasha Al Aqeedi is Editor in Charge at Irfaa Sawtak (Rasie Your Voice), a branch of Alhurra and a researcher and analyst of contemporary Iraqi politics and political Islam. Previously, Rasha was a researcher at the Al Mesbar Studies and Research Center in Dubai and an analyst at Inside Iraqi Politics. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Associate Press, and Buzzfeed.

Wasna Dabbagh, Tahrir Square Eyewitness  
Iraqi-American, Wasna Dabbagh, emigrated from Baghdad, Iraq to the United States in 2006. Wasna, a practicing orthodontist in Pennsylvania, was so moved by the ongoing protests that she traveled to Baghdad from Nov. 1 to Nov. 9. She spent four days in Tahrir Square witnessing and documenting the blossom of creativity, art, culture, and community of the protest movement. 

More information about our organization: Founded in 1998, the Enabling Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of peace and human rights in Iraq. EPIC works directly with civil society leaders and communities in Iraq to provide relief to vulnerable populations, monitor the crisis to better inform public policy, and enhance understanding of Iraq’s story. From DC-based advocacy to field work in Iraq, every day we work to realize EPIC’s vision of a safe and prosperous Iraq in which all citizens live free from want and fear, and with dignity.