#14: Can Civil Society Save Iraq?

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Podcast Icon SilverSince the fall of Baghdad, the international community has invested millions in empowering an active civil society in Iraq. What is the state of that society today? How are community organizations and activists adapting to the fall of Mosul, the mobilization of militias, and other recent developments? What are they doing to advance government accountability, help vulnerable populations, empower youth and protect women’s rights?

To answer these questions, tune in to this week’s episode of IRAQ MATTERS as EPIC Program Associate, Taif Jany, chats with Sarhang Hamasaeed, Middle East & Africa Senior Program Officer at the United Stated Institute of Peace (USIP).

Sarhang Hamasaeed and Taif Jany at the USIP headquarters in Washington, DC.
Sarhang Hamasaeed and Taif Jany at the USIP headquarters in Washington, DC.

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.

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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TIME INDEX

Intro with Taif Jany and Asha Athman: 00:23

Interview with Sarhang Hamasaeed of USIP: 02:55

Conclusion with Taif Jany and Asha Athman: 36:23