Protests have become a seasonal phenomenon in Basra province, southern Iraq. To date, Baghdad’s change of regime has made little difference for Basra’s 4.5 million mostly Shia Muslim residents who are frustrated with government corruption and shortages of electricity, clean water, and employment opportunities.
Basra holds about 60% of Iraq’s proven oil reserves and yet suffers from… Read more
For three years, ISIS militants held Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul – a historic meeting place of cultures, religions, and ethnic identities. Sunni-Arabs, Yazidis, Kurds, Assyrians, Turkomen, and others shared the region before ISIS swept across Ninewa, but three years of conflict have left these groups scattered, under-represented, and facing a lifetime of reconstruction.
On this… Read more
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
We enhance understanding so that Iraq’s story can be shared and understood in the United States and around the world.
We monitor the situation on the ground to inform better public policy and more effective humanitarian assistance strategies to break the cycle of violence.