The Iraq Project for Reconciliation, Conflict Resolution, and Peace-Building is run by genocide scholars Elisa von Joeden-Forgey, Endowed Chair in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College, Irene Massimino, a human rights lawyer in Argentina, and Osman Ismail, a PhD candidate at Reading University. We work with people in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan to promote restorative dialogue and peace-building education and training as well as to offer tools for grassroots responses to conflict. In the process, we seek to inform the world about the efforts inside Iraq to end the cycle of genocide in the region.

Our approach to human security is based in the observation that true long-term human security grows from the grassroots and is built over time through broad-based internal social and cultural commitments to justice.

There are currently three main emphases of our work:

1. Training of religious, civil society and government leaders in reconciliation, conflict resolution, and peace building through:


  • Intensive, diverse 3-day workshops in Iraq;

  • Week-long “train the trainer” seminars in Iraq;

  • Training for educators; and

  • Special courses for members of the executive, judicial and legislative branches of government and within government agencies, in the Kurdistan Regional Government and in Baghdad, as well as for the Iraqi Armed Forces, the Peshmerga, and various militias operating legally in Iraq. 

2.  The Development of Local Capacity and Resources in Reconciliation, Conflict Resolution and Peace Building through: 

  • The creation of new and innovative resources in several languages;

  • The development of an accessible on-line resource hub;

  • Active work with local partners and campaigns to raise awareness about conflict resolution tools.

3.  The Creation of Shared Online Reporting Platforms, including an App.


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