Stigma, insufficient training in mental healthcare for physicians, and subsequent lack of treatment capacity have handicapped efforts to build Iraqi mental healthcare capacity or deliver much-needed psychosocial services.… Read more
Stability and sustainable recovery in Iraq after ISIS will require that policymakers and NGOs address the legacy of upheaval far beyond the current emergency context.… Read more
Uncertainty regarding proper screening, detention, and civilian return procedures threatens future instability in Iraq as operations to liberate Mosul enter the final stages.… Read more
Following a recent day trip to eastern Mosul to visit the clinics receiving support from Soccer Salam, EPIC's Matthew Schweitzer describes the sheer destruction facing the lifelong residents struggling to repair their war-torn city. Just across the Tigris, ISIS violence continues unabated.
The dissolution of Iraq’s once-prestigious healthcare system represents the tragic culmination to a longer trajectory of decline marked by war, sanctions, funding shortfalls, and neglect over three decades.
Iraq has been subject to intense upheaval, social change, and cyclical violence -- a reality that is challenging for any reporter to capture and share with an international readership.
Iraq's government can implement civilian protection policies to promote national reconciliation and reduce tensions between the country's ethnic, religious, and sectarian communities.
More than a decade of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan taught US commanders the strategic importance of protecting civilians during wartime. This principle should guide future American policy.
Today, the status of Iraqi armed groups remains ambiguous despite Baghdad’s attempts to integrate them into the military command structure — a situation that highlights the complex, multifaceted, and poorly-understood roles they will play in Iraq’s political, social, and military development after ISIS. … Read more
Stabilizing post-ISIS Iraq will require economic reform in addition to any political settlement. Worryingly, the political “rules of the game” could prevent such a process from succeeding.… Read more