Despite the challenges facing the next generation of Iraqis, many Iraqi youth are generally positive about their futures. This event will consider some of the ways these young people are contributing to their communities, with a particular focus on USIP's work with Iraqi youth and partners in education, media and civil society sectors.
With the Iraqi national elections scheduled for March 7, the next generation of Iraqi leaders is learning and waiting its turn. Yet, Iraqi youth today face many challenges including unemployment, a weak educational infrastructure, poverty, security threats and few recreational outlets.
Despite these obstacles, surveys indicate that Iraqi youth are generally optimistic about their futures and believe they can contribute positively in their communities. This event will consider some of the ways they are participating, with a particular focus on USIP’s work with Iraqi young people and partners in the education, media and civil society sectors. There will also be a screening of the USIP-sponsored Iraqi youth documentary "Salam Shabab," just days after its national broadcast debut in Iraq, and a conversation via internet with Iraqi youth featured in the program.
The Iraqi Ambassador to the United States, Samir Shakir al Sumaida’ie, will offer opening remarks and commentary.
- Samir Shakir al Sumaida'ie, Introductory Remarks
Iraqi Ambassador to the United States
- Maria Jessop
Senior Program Officer, Education and Training Center - International, United States Institute of Peace
- Manal Omar
Senior Program Officer, Grants, United States Institute of Peace
- Brett Pierce
Youth Media Expert, Sesame Workshop
- Mish-Mish and Tolfekar, Online discussants
Iraqi Teens participating via internet from Baghdad and Karbala
- Theo Dolan, Moderator
Program Officer, Center of Innovation for Media, Conflict and Peacebuilding, U.S. Institute of Peace