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Long marginalized by the country’s political leaders, Iraq’s small religious and ethnic minorities have made historic gains during 2012 with some critical assistance from the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP).
Latest from USIP on Iraq
- May 7, 2013 | Publication
The best way for the U.S. to promote stability in Iraq is to help bring an end to the increasingly sectarian civil war in Syria, experts said at a recent USIP event.
- May 6, 2013 | Publication
A close-up look on how two USIP grantees in Iraq are helping the often neglected youth population to effect positive change.
- May 2, 2013 | Publication
With the U.N. calling April the bloodiest month in Iraq in almost five years, USIP experts warn that the rapidly escalating violence must be contained soon to forestall a deterioration that will cost far more effort and resources if not addressed.
- April 19, 2013 | Publication
Iraq’s first elections since the U.S. troop withdrawal in 2011—provincial contests to be held on April 20—are a historic step for the country’s young democracy. They will have significant implications for the future of democracy, stability and peace in Iraq.
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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