Iraqi officials prepare for the upcoming elections. Photo from IHEC.
If all goes as planned, Iraqis will head to the polls on 30 April 2014 for the first national parliamentary elections since the 2011 withdrawal of U.S. forces. Iraq’s incumbent Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki is seeking a third consecutive term,… Read more
Mawat, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq
Popular images of desert and sand cloud the public perception of what Iraq looks like today. The world gives little recognition to the beautiful mountains, landscapes and rivers that encompass the magnificent countryside. EPIC’s friend and partner, Nature Iraq, is one of the organizations working to… Read more
The plight of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq is a growing concern for both humanitarian agencies and the Iraqi government. The UNHCR appeal on Iraq for 2014 describes these concerns in great details. Though Iraq is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention, nor the 1967… Read more
It seems as though the “bad years” of Iraq have made a return to news stands once again. The Al-Qaeda nightmare that once haunted the Iraqi public and stole the lives of tens of thousands, if not more, of innocent civilians has returned, bringing with it an even more horrific… Read more
On September 30, right before the US government shutdown took place, the Iraqi Special Immigrant Visa Program (SIV) was set to expire. EPIC has been working closely with the SIV program since it was instated in 2008. This program granted special immigration status to Iraqis who worked with the United… Read more
A recent UN report released on November 29, 2013, revealed that over half of the 2.2 million Syrian refugees are under the age of eighteen. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres warns of the risk of a lost generation of Syrian children, as they face the harrowing effects of… Read more
Here at EPIC, we tell you every day why we believe that Iraq matters. However, we have no way of telling the whole story. Our experiences and stories only give you partial glimpses into why President Obama needs to put Iraq back on his administration’s agenda. However, with the help… Read more
NOTE: The full commentary offered below appears in our most recent IRAQ MATTERS podcast available here. The commentary begins at 2:36.
Shortly after the departure of the last U.S. troops from Iraq nearly two years ago, President Obama and Iraq’s Prime Minister — Nouri al-Maliki — held a joint… Read more
Recently, much of the coverage of the Syrian civil war has focused on the two million refugees who have fled the country since the onset of the war. While this issue deserves all of the attention it receives, another issue which has been largely absent from the media coverage of… Read more
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