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In order to address some of the challenges facing youth in Iraq, USIP and its Iraqi partners created a multimedia program that provides Iraqi teenagers with tools that can help them grow into independent, empowered citizens within a complex society. In April 2009, USIP’s Center of Innovation for Media, Conflict and Peacebuilding organized an expert working group in Erbil, Iraq to discuss various peace media programming relevant for Iraqi youths. This report offers an introduction to USIP’s youth media project, a summary of an expert working group and the next steps in developing the program designed to help Iraqi teenagers in becoming active contributors to peace in Iraq.

Media for Next Generation Peacebuilding in Iraq

About the Author

This USIPeace Briefing was written by Theo Dolan, a program officer in the Center of Innovation for Media, Conflict and Peacebuilding at the United States Institute of Peace.

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