Aside from the social and political costs that ISIS has wrought on Iraq, intense damage to cities and villages leaves the Iraqi people and their government with the massive task of rebuilding critical infrastructure. The reconstruction process presents an opportunity to bolster Iraq’s existing civil society, empower local populations, and foster new relationships between policymakers and their… Read more
On September 25, the Kurdistan Regional Government held a referendum asking voters “Do you want the Kurdistan Region and the Kurdistani areas outside the region’s administration to become an independent state?” Two days later, the Electoral Commission announced that 92.75 percent of more than 3.3 million votes cast were in favor of independence. Since that time, Iraqi… Read more
As they swept across northern Iraq in summer 2014, ISIS militants targeted members of the Yazidi faith in Sinjar – launching a genocidal attack on the ancient religious minority that galvanized a global response. Nearly two years after the town of Sinjar’s liberation in November 2015, the future for Iraq’s Yazidi community remains perilous. As regional actors… Read more
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We monitor the situation on the ground to inform better public policy and more effective humanitarian assistance strategies to break the cycle of violence.