Why is building an institutional-capacity essential for Iraq’s long-term stability? What roles do civil society organizations play in containing sectarian tensions in the country?
On this episode of Iraq Matters, EPIC Program Associate, Taif Jany, sits down with Sarhang Hamasaeed, Middle East & Africa Senior Program Officer at the United Stated Institute of Peace (USIP), to answer these questions, and also talk about saving Iraq’s cultural heritage, social groups, politics and more.
From judicial independence initiatives and addressing strategic economic needs, to protecting women and minority rights, USIP has been a champion in advancing and strengthening civil society organizations around the world.
Amid the ongoing security crisis and rising violence in Iraq, it is easy not to pay much attention to all the great work civil society organizations are doing in the country. These organizations serve not only as the megaphone for concerns that would otherwise go unnoticed, but can also be counted on to hold decision-makers accountable and address gaps where the government is absent.
Grab a cup of coffee and hit the play button to learn more about Civil Society and what USIP is doing in Iraq.
Make sure you stay tuned for next week’s episode with Christine Van Den Toorn, an American researcher who has been based in Iraq since 2009. Christine will be discussing the latest security development in Mosul and other ISIS-occupied territories in norther Iraq.
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