A podcast by the Education for Peace in Iraq Center that covers news and conversations about Iraq. We speak with scholars, analysts, Iraqis, and Americans who have Iraq in their story to learn more about current events and culture in Iraq.
#38: Social Media and Iraq's Protest Movement
The nonviolent struggle for democratic reforms in Iraq is now well into its fifth month of sustained protests against the government. We talk with Hayder Hamzoz, founder of INSM (Iraqi Network for Social Media), a network of Iraqi bloggers and citizens journalists. Hayder shares his perspective on how the protests work and the critical role that social media activists are playing on both the physical and digital front lines of Iraq's protest movement.
#37: The Iran-Iraq War and Its Enduring Impact on the Region
When you think of Iraq, more than likely your thoughts turn to the country's troubles since 2003. However, the roots of those events trace back to one of the region's most consequential wars of the 20th Century.
Thirty-nine years ago this week, Iraqi forces invaded Iran's southwestern Khuzestan province, starting the Iran-Iraq war. The conflict saw the region's first use of weapons of mass destruction, an escalation of proxy warfare, a genocide against the Kurds, and the beginning of greater U.S. military involvement in the region. Fueled by arms sales and financing by the U.S., Gulf states, and over a dozen other nations with arms industries, the war dragged on for 8 years. Over a million souls perished. While no lines on the map changed in the end, the war has had an enduring legacy in shaping the region, contributing to events that led to the 1991 Gulf War, the Iraq War, and many of the region's rivalries and proxy conflicts that persist today.
For this episode of IRAQ MATTERS, we talk with Joel Wing of "Musings on Iraq" and EPIC's very own Omar Al-Nidawi. Joel is a long-time Iraq watcher who writes "Musings On Iraq", a regularly sited blog of data, analysis, and more than 100 interviews. Omar is a fellow with the Truman National Security Project and EPIC's Program Manager, overseeing our research and field work. Born in 1980, Omar's childhood coincided with the Iran-Iraq war and its aftermath. Join us as we explore a pivotal time in history that deserves far more attention, especially for policy-makers and aid agencies seeking to deescalate the conflicts that plague the region today.
#36: Basra’s Water Crisis
On this edition of IRAQ MATTERS, Basma Alloush of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) discusses Basra’s water crisis and the implications for the province's 4.5 million residents and for the rest of Iraq. With growing frustrations fueling ongoing protests and unrest, why does Basra matter and what can be done before it is too late?
#35: Mosul’s Recovery: A Dream Deferred
On this edition of Iraq Matters, Rasha Al-Aqeedi, a native of Mosul and an acclaimed Iraq analyst, discusses Mosul's 3 years under ISIS, ongoing challenges to the city's security and recovery, the role of young people and civil society in the fight against intolerance, and Ninewa's central importance for enabling peace in Iraq.
#34: Corruption and Reconstruction – Lessons Learned
On this edition of Iraq Matters, Stuart Bowen examines the lessons learned during his ten years as Special Inspector-General for Iraq Reconstruction and how those lessons should be applied to the next phase in Iraq's post-ISIS recovery.
#33: What is next for Iraqi Kurdistan?
On this edition of Iraq Matters, Iraqi Kurdistan expert Bilal Wahab explains the implications of the September 25 referendum and answers crucial questions on what comes next for the region.