How Can U.S. Better Help Tunisia to Curb ISIS Recruitment?

How Can U.S. Better Help Tunisia to Curb ISIS Recruitment?

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

By: USIP Staff

As Tunisia last month celebrated the 2011 overthrow of its dictatorship, thousands of young Tunisians protested in streets nationwide, often clashing with police. Young Tunisians widely voice an angry despair at being unemployed, untrained for jobs, and unable to build futures for themselves. The single democracy to have arisen from the Arab Spring uprisings is undermined by the feelings of hopelessness among many youth, and by their exploitation by extremist groups linked to ISIS and al-Qaida. To help Tunisian, U.S. and other efforts to build hope for Tunisia’s youth, a small, USIP-funded project is measuring which kinds of programs are actually effective.

Violent Extremism; Youth

Iraqis Displaced by War: Rebuilding Trust for Reconciliation

Iraqis Displaced by War: Rebuilding Trust for Reconciliation

Thursday, June 18, 2015

By: Raya Barazanji

More than 3 million Iraqis have been forced from their homes in the sweep of the “Islamic State” extremist movement across northern Iraq in the past 18 months. As the group systematically targets other Muslims and minority religions, the massive displacement creates not only a humanitarian disaster but also the prospect that Iraqis may never be able to reconcile and rebuild. The Baghdad Women’s Association (BWA), with a USIP grant, is working with Iraqis in the capital who fled Nineveh Provin...

Reconciliation; Fragility and Resilience; Democracy & Governance

Tribute to Iraqi Peacebuilder Ammar Al-Shahbander

Tribute to Iraqi Peacebuilder Ammar Al-Shahbander

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

By: Viola Gienger

USIP joins the many other organizations, friends and family honoring the life of Ammar al-Shahbander, the Iraq chief of mission for the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR), who died May 2 in Baghdad as a result of a car bomb attack. A number of USIP staff worked with Ammar to advance his country’s search for peace and security.

Conflict Analysis & Prevention

Citizens Mobilize to Improve Services in Iraqi Province

Citizens Mobilize to Improve Services in Iraqi Province

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

By: Raya Barazanji

In the summer of 2012, tensions rose between citizens and local authorities in Al-Muthanna Province, a largely tribal and conservative governorate in southwest Iraq. Frequent disputes over poor public services and funding for development projects, as well as corruption allegations, had stalled important initiatives such as a water-and-sewer upgrade and an effort to clear roads of trash. Similar frustrations had led to clashes, deaths and burning of government buildings in neighboring Wasit an...

Dialoguing for Reconciliation in Yemen

Dialoguing for Reconciliation in Yemen

Monday, June 16, 2014

By: Raya Barazanji

The National Dialogue is an important milestone in Yemen’s transition. Following the broad grassroots revolution in Yemen that began in January 2011 and continued throughout that year, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) facilitated the transition of President Ali Abdullah Saleh from power. As part of the agreement brokered by GCC, an inclusive "National Dialogue" was held to discuss constitutional reform, key political roadblocks such as the question of southern independence and adoption of l...

Never too Young for Peace

Never too Young for Peace

Thursday, September 8, 2011

By: Raya Barazanji

Recognizing the potential role of youth as catalysts of social change, USIP's Iraq Grant Program partners with a number of youth organizations to promote peacebuilding and conflict resolution, and strengthen tolerance and mutual understanding in Iraqi communities that continue to experience high levels of intergroup conflict.

Education & Training; Human Rights; Education & Training

Making a Difference in Kirkuk: One Policeman at a Time

Making a Difference in Kirkuk: One Policeman at a Time

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

By: Raya Barazanji

USIP’s programs in Iraq aim to develop local capacities in conflict resolution and the rule of law. In that respect, USIP’s Iraq Priority Grant program supports a nongovernmental organization (NGO) based in the northern city of Kirkuk in its work to enhance community relations with the law enforcement units in this ethnically diverse city.

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Justice, Security & Rule of Law