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This collaboration between

ISPI and IPG, examines Iraq’s political and economic dynamics  to provide forward-looking analysis and policy recommendations that elucidate the country’s prospects of achieving stability and good governance and the role international actors can play to stabilise the country.

Read the contributions here

Climate Change in Iraq, Kurdistan and the Middle East: How Realistic Are Net Zero Ambitions? Majid Jafar, CEO of Crescent Petroleum, spoke to Iraq Policy Group to look at the measures being undertaken to combat climate change and implement Net Zero ambitions in Iraq and the Middle East.

Listen to the contribution here

In this policy paper, Dr. Mohammed Radhi Al-Shummary, professor at Al-Nahrain University, explains the fundamental dynamics that underscores Iraq’s relationship with Iran and provides analyses and recommendations that could pave the way for a mutually beneficial relationship,

Read the paper here

Featured

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Ahmed Tabaqchali, Asia Frontier Capital

ECONOMIC REFORMS

& YOUTH 

EMPOWERMENT

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Karen E. Young, Middle East Institute

LESSONS FOR BAGHDAD

& ERBIL FROM THE

GCC

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Carole Nakhle, Crystol Energy

ECONOMIC 

DIVERSIFICATION IN

IRAQ

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Ramon Blecua, Spanish Foreign Ministry

CAN A NATIONAL

DIALOGUE BUILD

CONSENSUS IN IRAQ?

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Salem Chalabi, Trade Bank of Iraq

THE GOVERNMENT'S

WHITE PAPER

 

about.

Established in 2019, Iraq Policy Group (IPG) provides a platform for Iraqi and international decision-makers, policy-makers and analysts to develop policy-specific analysis and actionable policy recommendations. IPG is particularly focused on and committed to youth empowerment, and harnesses the multi-disciplinary expertise of the policy-making community in Iraq and globally to aid and enhance Iraq's attempts to regenerate and diversify its economy, reform the public sector and enable job creation and youth empowerment, while also focusing on other over-lapping issues including security sector reform, decentralisation and power-sharing. Iraq suffers from a series of problems but there is widespread hope that the country will stabilise and turn a new chapter to address underlying political and economic issues to bring prosperity for the Iraqi people after years of conflict and devastation. Working with its partners and supporters, including Al Nahrain University in Baghdad, the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), the United States Institute for Peace (USIP), Oxford University, among others, IPG is dedicated to enhancing the relationship between decision-makers and the youth, and to ensuring Iraq's past and recent history does not define their future.

who we work with.

 
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Engaging local actors, civil-society & businesses to secure sustainable development, peace and security. 

Addressing leading causes of economic & social inequality to help communities prosper & address the disconnect between the youth and decision-makers.

Working across government departments & institutions to devise viable & actionable policy analysis. 

objectives.

65%

700,000

70%

of the Iraqi population is under the age of 24

Number of Iraqi graduates who require jobs every year

of the Iraqi budget goes toward public sector salaries

Education & Youth

Iraq's youth are the cornerstone of the country's future. IPG harnesses and empowers young professionals,  talented  graduates and the next generation of leaders. Iraqi society has highly-skilled individuals who have substantial intellectual, strategic and political acumen. But these leaders and influencers have, so far, constituted an untapped human resource. IPG is designed to address the disconnect  between the youth and decision-makers.

Good Governance

Prosperity depends on good governance and economic regeneration. Working with Iraqi and international stakeholders, IPG focuses on economic diversification, public sector reform, inclusive and sustainable governance. Through field research and the support and leadership of our partners, IPG is committed  to enabling actionable and realistic policy-recommendations to help Iraq turn a new chapter in the wake of the territorial defeat of ISIS.

Security Sector Reform

IPG strives to develop a culture of accountability in Iraq and amongst decision-makers by developing and implementing  mechanisms that will realise this objective. IPG aims to address the most pressing and long-standing of challenges like security sector reform through the creation of a stronger nexus between the state and the public to ensure decision makers act on policy analysis and advice to ensure greater impact and sustainability. IPG works across the Iraqi political spectrum.

Employment & Services

IPG provides analysis, policy recommendations and ultimately a platform that will help restore Iraq's regional relationships, establish pathways to increased investment and help build the institutional pillars  that will result in a modernised approach to the economic regeneration of the country. More than 700,000 graduates need jobs every year. IPG is committed to enabling economic diversification and youth empowerment to reduce dependency on the state. 

 
 

ENGAGE, EMPOWER & ENABLE 

Public Sector Reforms

Youth Empowerment

Entrepreneurship

Working directly with the Iraqi government and our international partners, IPG is dedicated to engaging and empowering Iraq's youth to enable opportunity structures for public sector reforms, an entrepreneurial culture and a diversified economy. IPG believes the past does not have to be the future for Iraq's youth and creates capacity building opportunities for the next generation of Iraqi professionals to engage and interact with their counterparts from across the globe through our cross-cutting regional and international partnerships. Our Engage, Empower & Enable scheme sees select groups of talented young Iraqis from all backgrounds invited to renowned fora and conferences to provide them with the opportunity to enhance their policy-making skills, exchange ideas and broaden their networks.