EPIC promotes peace and development in Iraq through research, education, and humanitarian action.


ISHM: JULY 2 – JULY 9, 2020

Key Takeaways: Kadhimi Appoints New Security Adviser, Chief of National Security Service; Poor Economic Conditions Spark Protests In Kurdistan; Public Anger Over Assassination Of Prominent Researcher – On July 4, PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi appointed retired General Abdul-Ghani al-Asadi, a former commander in the Counter-Terrorism Service as head of the National… Read more

ISHM: JUNE 25 – JULY 2, 2020

Key Takeaways: Militias Attack PM Kadhimi Over Raid On Kataib Hezbollah; PM Sacks Media Commissioner, Eyes Changes In 6,000 Posts; Judiciary Drops Charges Against Former Finance Minister – On June 26, Qais al-Khazali and a Kataib Hezbollah spokesman attacked PM Kadhimi after Iraqi counter-terrorism forces arrested 14 Kataib Hezbollah members… Read more

ISHM: JUNE 18 – JUNE 25, 2020

Key Takeaways: Election Law Deadlock Continues; PM Wants To Eliminate Double Pay In Public Sector; KRG Seeks New Oil And Budget Deal; Parliament Approves $17 Billion Borrowing Bill – On June 18, political sources said that major political blocs continue to have strong disagreements over the election law annex that… Read more


Three times per year, EPIC welcomes a new cohort of interns – young professionals seeking to add practical experience to their academic backgrounds in humanitarian affairs, international relations, security studies, political science, public relations, and beyond. We are grateful for their contributions to our research, action, and advocacy, and for… Read more

ISHM: JUNE 11 – JUNE 18, 2020

Key Takeaways: U.S. And Iraq To Resume Dialogue In July; Parliament Wants Comprehensive Reform Plan Before Authorizing Borrowing; Tension Rises With Turkey Over Anti-PKK Operations – On June 11, the U.S. and Iraq concluded the first round of strategic dialogue talks and agreed to resume discussions in Washington in July.… Read more

ISHM: JUNE 4 – JUNE 11, 2020

Key Takeaways: Parliament Approves Seven New Ministers; Protesters Demand Resignations Of Several Governors; Parliament Blocks Government Pay Cut Plans; U.S. And Iraq Launch Strategic Dialogue – On June 6, Iraq’s Parliament voted to approve seven new members of PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s cabinet, thereby filling all 22 cabinet positions. On June… Read more

ISHM: MAY 28 – JUNE 4, 2020

Key Takeaways: Parliament Resumes Election Law Discussions; Fatah To Push For U.S. Forces Expulsion During Strategic Dialogue; Kadhimi Presents Candidates To Fill Vacant Cabinet Positions – On May 31, the Saeroun alliance of Moqtada al-Sadr renewed its attacks on Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi, holding him responsible for the “clinical death”… Read more

ISHM: MAY 21 – MAY 28, 2020

Key Takeaways: Saeroun Trying To Replace Speaker Halbousi; KRG Blames Baghdad For $27 Billion Debt; PM Kadhimi Speaks With World Leaders, Seeks Economic Support – On May 21, the Saeroun bloc led by Moqtada al-Sadr said it will issue an ultimatum to Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi “to correct his path”… Read more

ISHM: MAY 14 – MAY 21, 2020

Key Takeaways: Kadhimi Reaches Out To Hostile Militia Commanders; Pride Flag Incident Threatens Relations With EU; Kadhimi Orders Investigations Into Forced Disappearances; Fresh Protests reported In Several Provinces – On May 16, PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi visited the popular mobilization forces (PMF) commission and met with several senior commanders, including that… Read more

ISHM: MAY 7 – MAY 14, 2020

Key Takeaways: New Government Releases Detained Protesters; Call For U.S. Support Divides Fatah; Kadhimi Appoints Acting Ministers, Reinstates Popular General; PM Talks Security, Economy With Trump And Rouhani – On May 8, PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg who underlined NATO’s interest in strengthening counter terrorism… Read more