Iraqis to vote in first election since the defeat of ISIS - ABC Radio

Saturday, May 12, 2018

News Type: USIP in the News

When Iraqis last headed to the polls for parliamentary elections four years ago, ISIS militants were on their way to violently claim large parts of the country's territory. This weekend, residents will be voting for the first time since victory over the insurgency was declared.

Part 2: Pro-Iran Militias in Iraq - The Islamists

Friday, April 27, 2018

By: Garrett Nada

News Type: USIP in the News

Since 2003, Iranian influence has deepened in Iraq through a wide array of Shiite militias. Several militia leaders and politicians spent years in exile in Tehran during Saddam Hussein’s reign in the 1980s and 1990s. One of Iraq’s most powerful armed groups, the Badr Organization, was formed in 1982 by Iraqi exiles to fight Hussein with the support of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Mike Pence’s Crusade in Iraq - Foreign Policy

Thursday, January 25, 2018

News Type: USIP in the News

With the Islamic State defeated in Iraq, policymakers in Washington have shifted gears to focus on rebuilding communities displaced by the conflict. Yet there are already conflicts in the administration about how best to channel humanitarian and development assistance.

Violent Extremism

Sarhang Hamasaeed on the Kurdish Referendum - SiriusXM POTUS

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

News Type: USIP in the News

Sarhang Hamasaeed spoke to SiriusXM POTUS Ch. 124 about the results of the non-binding Kurdistan independence referendum. Hamasaeed explained the internal and international consequences of the referendum having taken place in addition to the need to prevent an escalation of tensions that could lead to violence with Shia militias, the Iraqi Army and Kurdish Peshmerga forces being in proximity to one another. He also addressed the role the international community including the United States can take to facilitate and mediate between Iraq’s federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue

Sarhang Hamasaeed on Iraq - SiriusXM POTUS

Friday, September 8, 2017

News Type: USIP in the News

After returning from a recent visit to Iraq, Sarhang Hamasaeed spoke to SIRIUSXM POTUS Ch. 124 about the current situation on the ground and the work USIP is doing to hold reconciliation dialogues. He explained some of the key issues for the country’s stability including tensions between the Shia militia presence in Sunni areas, revenge violence, and the upcoming Kurdish referendum.