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.

Yazidis Who Survived 2014 Massacre Still Suffering - Voice of America

Thursday, August 3, 2017

News Type: USIP in the News

“Sinjar could be a flashpoint for an internationalized tension ... where you have the sensitivities between minorities themselves, and you have regional countries like Turkey and Iran who have a stake in this,” said Sarhang Hamasaeed, an Iraqi expert at the U.S. Institute of Peace.