The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) has played a key role in promoting peaceful governance through collaborative civic engagement in Iraq since 2003. USIP’s core mission is to strengthen local capacities to prevent, manage and resolve conflicts peacefully by assisting Iraqis to develop the tools and institutions necessary to peacefully resolve disputes. Our main goals are:
- Building the capacity of civil society, marginalized groups, and community and national leaders to enhance inter-communal engagement and reconciliation;
- Enhancing the capability of public institutions to manage conflict peacefully and govern in ways that promote inter-communal understanding; and
- Empowering the next generation as a force for moderation by giving them the tools to bridge ethnic and religious divides and take active roles as Iraqi citizens.
We work across the community, provincial and national levels, and above all seek to provide Iraqis with the tools to act as citizens and peace builders. Our Iraqi partners in government and civil society have facilitated dialogue with multiple stakeholders across the country that address the roots of the conflict and propose concrete solutions.
We currently have several programs in Iraq focused on a myriad of issues including, but not limited to, institutional and personal capacity building, minority rights, justice and security, and civic education. Learn more about USIP's field presence in Iraq since 2002.
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