The agricultural sector — Iraq’s second largest industry, employing nearly one-third of the population — has been decimated by conflict, mismanagement, and halfhearted reform. … Read more
Security challenges facing Baghdad after ISIS may not be so different from those that existed before 2014.… Read more
In March 2017, EPIC Program Assistant Matthew Schweitzer traveled to the recently-liberated neighborhoods in eastern Mosul. During this trip, he accompanied Layla Salih, Director of Antiquities for Ninewa Province, into tunnels dug by ISIS underneath the now-destroyed shrine and tomb of Jonah (known in Arabic as Nabi Younis). There, ISIS… Read more
Policymakers in Iraqi Kurdistan must restore their people's faith in the government, or jeopardize the region's future.
Liberation without a complementary plan for sustained recovery will leave unmet needs among fragile populations, fostering conditions for renewed instability.… Read more
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.