Iraqi Elections 2018

KAS supports the democratic process in Iraq

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On December 9, 2017 Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi proclaimed the fight against the Islamic State (ISIL) to have officially come to an end. Iraq now finds itself in a critical phase, which will be decisive for the future development and stability of the country. In this context, the parliamentary elections that will be held on May 12, 2018 are particularly meaningful for Iraq. It is only six months after the military defeat over ISIL that 24 million voters in 18 constituencies will decide on the direction their country is supposed to take. The KAS Syria/Iraq Office supports the democratic process in Iraq with a variety of events and publications. The aim is to strengthen the understanding of the Iraqi population on the electoral process and the role of elections and democracy for Iraq as a country. Analysis on the topic shall, in addition, inform decision-makers in other countries about the challenges Iraq is facing and the implications the elections contain. On this site we would like to inform on a rolling basis about the activities and publications of our office on the topic of the Iraqi federal elections.

  • Panel discussion in Beirut on the Iraqi elections: On January 29, 2018 KAS and the Middle East Institute for Research and Strategic Studies (MEIRSS) organized a panel discussion on the Iraqi elections. Iraq experts Harith Hasan al-Qarawee from the Atlantic Council and Akeel Abbas from the American University of Sulaimaniyah were part of the panel. For a detailed event report use the following link.
  • Event series on the reform of the Iraqi electoral system: In cooperation with the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), the official Iraqi electoral commission, the KAS Syria/Iraq Office organized an event series on the electoral system in Iraqi Kurdistan and Central Iraq. The aim of the forum was to explain the new electoral system to the participants, for that they could use the information, spread among their organizations and municipalities and motivate the people to take part in the elections. The event series started with a forum held in Sulaimaniyah on April 5, organized in cooperation with the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) of the American University of Sulaimaniyah. Three events of the same kind followed, one in partnership with the Middle East Research Institute (MERI) in Erbil on April 16, one in with the Arab Gulf Studies Center of the University of Basrah in Basrah on April 18, and the third in cooperation with the Governance Center for Public Policies in Baghdad on April 21.