Khitam Al-Khaykanee

Program Officer, Rule of Law, Justice and Security

Khitam Al-Khaykanee is a program officer working rule of law, justice and security at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Previously, Khitam worked in public relations for a government water well drilling company in Baghdad, Iraq. In 2003, she became a coordinator for the coalition forces in Baghdad in order to provide humanitarian assistance for Iraqi detainees. Following her promotion to Cell Chief of the detention section at the Iraqi Assistance Center (IAC), Khitam joined USIP in 2004 as a program specialist. During her seven years as a program specialist, Khitam supported the establishment of new USIP initiatives such as the Youth and Media program and the Rule of Law and Transitional Justice program. In 2011, after seven years experience of grant managing and building the capacity of local civil society organizations, Khitam transitioned into the role of Justice and Security Dialogue (JSD) field officer in Iraq within the Rule of Law program. Specifically, the JSD program revolves around a series of facilitated dialogues in order to rebuild relationships between police forces and civil society in post-conflict countries. Khitam’s current role as a program officer focuses on the Iraq portfolio.

Khitam received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Baghdad University’s College of Education.

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Articles & Analysis from this Expert

September 30, 2015

A growing tide of street protests has swept 11 of Iraq’s 18 provinces since mid-July and are scheduled to resume Oct. 2 after a pause for the Eid al-Adha holiday. Citizens’ anger over abysmal public services and rampant corruption had boiled over in July as temperatures soared above 130 degrees amid notoriously short electricity supplies. The persistence of the largely peaceful demonstrations emboldened Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to introduce far-reaching measures to combat corruption and streamline Iraq’s bloated government. But the protestors want faster action, raising concerns...


August 24, 2016
Many of the three million-plus internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in Iraq wish to return to their homes in areas no longer controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). But weak security and informal justice in these areas make safe return a challenge. IDPs, civil society organizations, and official stakeholders met in Baghdad, Karbala, and Kirkuk under USIP’s Justice and Security Dialogue program to voice concerns about and offer suggestions for safe return. This Special Report summarizes these discussions, which could guide policymakers seeking to resolve the IDP crisis and sustain security in Iraq.