Advanced Democracy for Sustainable Peace

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Advanced Democracy for Peace (AD 4 Peace) is a non-governmental organization based in Lebanon. It was founded in 2016 to promote the culture of democracy and dialog and seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts by peaceful means. The organization conducts seminars, workshops, studies and media campaigns, and is active in a range of fields reaching from cultural and social to educational and leisure topics.
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Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies

Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies
The Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies is an independent, non-profit Iraqi think tank based in Baghdad. Its primary goal is to offer an authentic perspective on public and foreign policy issues related to Iraq and the region by conducting independent research and analysis. Furthermore, it aims to strengthen the capacity of educational institutions and civil society organizations through providing grants for research and fieldwork, convening conferences and workshops, and providing training services to governmental institutions and universities.
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Al-Haq Organization for Human Rights Culture

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The Al-Haq Organization for Human Rights Culture is a non-governmental organization based in Kirkuk. Considering the fact that 65 percent of the population in Iraq is under the age of 30, the Al-Haq Organization works particularly with the country's young population. Its work lies in building trust and mobilizing the youth for human rights and liberal values against fanaticism and extremism. The organization works with young people of both genders and conducts debates with them on conflict resolution and the restoration of national unity.
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Al-Nahrain Center for Strategic Studies

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The Al-Nahrain Center for Strategic Studies was founded in Baghdad in 2012 and specializes in Iraqi national security affairs. The think tank’s goal is to contribute to security and stability in Iraq and the region. Linked to the Iraqi National Security Council, Al-Nahrain Center provides decision makers with studies, research and expertise on political and security issues. Furthermore, it holds seminars, conferences and workshops in order to enhance cooperation and an exchange of ideas between Iraq’s political parties and various national, regional and international actors.
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Al-Rafidain Center for Dialogue

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The Al-Rafidain Center for Dialogue is an independent think tank established in 2014 in Iraq. Important RCD members include the majority of the political party leadership of Iraq, top government officials, academic staff of major universities, think tank scholars, and researchers. The aim of the RCD is to encourage the political, cultural and economic dialogue among the Iraqi people and to support governmental and non-governmental institutions. To this end, the RCD conducts field research, publishes analyses and policy papers, and organizes seminars and conferences.
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Al-Tahreer Association for Development

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Al-Tahreer is a non-governmental organization in the Iraqi province of Ninawa that aims to strengthen democracy and consolidate peace. The organization is committed to the active participation of the population in the political process and the establishment of a transparent political culture. Through campaigns against corruption and involvement in election observation, Al-Tahreer aims to increase the accountability of political and economic actors in Iraq.
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American University of Beirut

American University of Beirut
Founded in 1866, the American University of Beirut is a teaching-centered research university based on the American liberal arts model of higher education. AUB has over 9,000 students and over 1,200 instructional faculty members. The University encourages freedom of thought and expression and seeks to graduate men and women committed to creative and critical thinking, lifelong learning, personal integrity, civic responsibility, and leadership.
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American University of Kurdistan

American University of Kurdistan
The American University of Kurdistan (AUK) was founded in 2014 and is located in the Duhok Governorate of Iraqi Kurdistan. Its mission is to combine liberal arts and professional education to produce graduates with global perspectives who are fully engaged in the advancement and flourishing of the region. The university aims to support a value-based education that is open to students from all cultural, religious, ethnic and economic backgrounds.
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Atlantic Council

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The Atlantic Council based in Washington, D.C. was established in 1961 and promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs with a focus on terrorism, the nuclear threat, diplomacy and resilience. The Council aims to shape policy choices and strategies through writing papers, generating ideas and building communities to create a more secure and prosperous world.
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Brookings Doha Center

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Established in 2008, the Brookings Doha Center (BDC) is an overseas center of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. The BDC is committed to high-quality, independent research and policy analysis on the Middle East and North Africa, especially in the areas of international relations, regional security, equality of opportunity, governance reform and state-society relations. Encouraging the exchange of ideas between the Middle East and the international community, the BDC organizes various events, including high-level roundtables, and timely policy discussions; and publishes a series of policy briefings and analysis papers.
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Carnegie Middle East Center

Carnegie Middle East Center
Carnegie Middle East Center, established in 2006 in Beirut by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, is an independent think tank with a focus on the issues of the Middle East. The organization advances peace through analysis and development of fresh policy ideas, direct engagement and collaboration with decision-makers in government, business, and civil society.
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Center for Arab Gulf Studies

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The Center for Arab Gulf Studies is one of Basra University's research centers specializing in studies of the Arabian Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula. The Center conducts studies, research, seminars and conferences, and places particular emphasis on the economic, geographical, historical, agricultural and cultural work of the Gulf States.
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Center for Religious Studies - Central European University (CRS)

Center for Religious Studies at the Central European University is an academic forum fostering the study of religion. The Center, through its academic events and publications, addresses religion-related questions in critical ways. With institutional contact throughout the region and worldwide, the CRS provides an important site for academic research and communication.
Center for Religious Studies at the Central European University is an academic forum fostering the study of religion. The Center, through its academic events and publications, addresses religion-related questions in critical ways. With institutional contact throughout the region and worldwide, the CRS provides an important site for academic research and communication.
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Dialas Youth Organization

Dialas Youth Organization
Dialas Youth Organization is a youth organization composed of an educated youth group from Diyala Province in Iraq. The organization's main aim is to serve the youth and community of Diyala, by raising awareness of young people on the issues of the province and related to their future, mobilizing them and empowering them through lectures, workshops, human development activities, relief campaigns, and training courses.

Durarul Iraq Association for Humanitarian Development

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The Durarul Iraq Association for Humanitarian Development is a Basra-based non-governmental organization focusing on sustainable development and human rights, especially gender equality, children’s rights, women’s rights and minority rights, as well as the creation of jobs for youth. By implementing civil society initiatives, Durural Iraq aims to promote community awareness regarding Basra’s most urgent issues, which in the long-run will contribute to change.
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European Technology and Training Center

European Technology and Training Center
The European Technology and Training Center (ETTC) was opened by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in 2009 and works as an NGO for the political and economic development of Iraqi-Kurdistan. It provides capacity building measures in the fields of good governance, democracy, human rights, rule-of-law as well as humanitarian relief and is engaged in activities to further local businesses and startups. As an independent, Erbil-based organization, ETTC cooperates with international partners and hosts workshops, trainings and other events.
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Fraternity Foundation for Human Rights

Fraternity Foundation for Human Rights is a non-governmental independent organization founded in 2013. The Foundation seeks to promote political freedom and focuses its effort on promoting and protecting the rights of the Syrian people to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in Syria and in the neighboring countries.
Fraternity Foundation for Human Rights is a non-governmental independent organization founded in 2013. The Foundation seeks to promote political freedom and focuses its effort on promoting and protecting the rights of the Syrian people to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in Syria and in the neighboring countries.
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Geneva Centre for Security Policy

Geneva Centre for Security Policy is a Geneva-based international foundation that was founded in 1995 by the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports in cooperation with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The GCSP aims to promote peace, security and international cooperation through executive education and training of individuals and organizations in comprehensive international peace and security policy.
Geneva Centre for Security Policy is a Geneva-based international foundation that was founded in 1995 by the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports in cooperation with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The GCSP aims to promote peace, security and international cooperation through executive education and training of individuals and organizations in comprehensive international peace and security policy.

Governance Center for Public Policies

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The Governance Center for Public Policies (GCPP) is an Iraqi NGO that has been committed to sustainable development and good governance in Iraq since 2010. The think tank contributes to the creation of social awareness in Iraq and strengthens civil rights, freedom, democracy and the role of the private sector in its activities. The Center's workshops and conferences serve to educate about the political system, and promote the discourse on a reform oriented economic and educational policy in Iraq.
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Hamzet Wasel

Hamzet Wasel
Hamzet Wasel is a group of civic and non-violent activists based in Lebanon. Its mission is to reduce displacement, asylum and conflicts. The group aims to empower and motivate individuals and civil society to obey a role in peacebuilding and democratic change in Syria. The target groups of their projects are IDPs and Syrian refugees. Hamzet Wasel has experience working in local community development on different levels and in different sectors such as: active citizenship, civic & political activism, community leadership, peace-building, social cohesion & stability, culture, diversity, psychosocial support, solidarity journalism, documentation of human rights violations, and development aid.
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Homeland Builders Association for Development

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The Homeland Builders Association for Development is a non-governmental organization based in Baghdad. It focuses on the capacity building of young generations aspiring to pursue a career in politics or civil society. The organization’s aim is to empower the youth by equipping them with specific skills and knowledge needed for a future workplace in politics. A special emphasis is put on the effort to support young activists that do not already have access to the political sphere through family ties or nepotism.

International Crisis Group

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The International Crisis Group (ICG) is a non-governmental organization that provides analyses, studies and proposals for solutions to international conflicts. ICG is regarded as a consulting institute for governments and international organizations, and works directly with the various conflict parties. ICG offers analysis and policy advice on more than 50 current or imminent conflict situations worldwide, particularly in the Middle East.
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Iraqi Institution for Development

Iraqi Institution for Development
The Iraqi Institution for Development (IID) was established in 2003 by a group of young professionals from different cultural and religious backgrounds in Mosul. The main focus of the organization's work is conducting research and providing training and consultancy in human rights and peacebuilding, and to disseminate the principles of freedom of expression without discrimination on the basis of religion, gender or creed. IID aspires to create a society that respects human rights and a culture of developed democratic dialogue, and works towards increasing political participation in Iraq.
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Institute of Regional and International Studies

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The Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) is an independent research centre based in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). IRIS is housed at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. Through multidisciplinary research, strategic partnerships, a fellowship program, and open dialogue events among experts and influential public leaders, IRIS examines the complex issues facing the KRI, Iraq and the Middle East. The institute’s main focus areas include energy and economy, IDP, refugee and minority issues, post-ISIS Iraq, and gender.
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JSSOR Youth Organisation

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JSSOR is a nonprofit, non-partisan and non-governmental organization based in the province of Thi-Qar in southern Iraq. The organization aims to build a modern Iraqi society that believes in democracy, human rights, gender equality, and the rejection of all forms of violence and political isolation. By organizing trainings and workshops specifically for young people, JSSOR aims to promote a new generation that embraces the principles of democracy and the rule of law and is aware of the rights and responsibilities of a state.
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Kesh Malek

Kesh Malek
Kesh Malek is a non-profit civil society organization, located in Gaziantep. Its activities focus on the Aleppo region and Northern Syria, where the organization was founded in 2011, during the start of the Syrian revolution. Kesh Malek follows the vision of a democratic and free Syrian state that enforces human rights, supports justice and encourages diversity. For this cause, the organization implements civil society and educational measures that serve to fill the local gap in the public sector which resulted from the absence of state power. Kesh Malek especially targets women and children who are to be involved into the civil society more strongly.
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Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs

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The Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs (LISA) is a think tank that uses analyses, policy papers and discussions to try to implement the principles of democracy and the rule of law, economic development and social balance in the Levant. LISA organizes discussion forums and workshops to promote an exchange between local stakeholders, and strengthen their active participation in decision-making processes.
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Maison du Futur

Maison du Futur
Maison du Futur (MDF) is a research, analysis and dialogue institute based in Beirut that explores viable alternative futures for the Middle East with a special focus on Lebanon. Founded in 1975 and re-launched after the Lebanese civil war, Maison du Futur aims at providing a platform to formulate short and mid-term strategies for sustainable economic development, legitimate government, religious pluralism, and minority rights in the Arab World. In order to achieve their mission, MDF holds events with international and regional experts on a regular basis, deepening the discourse on current issues and keeping the debate relevant.
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Masarat

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Masarat for Cultural and Media Development (MCMD) is a non-profit organization registered in Iraq that focuses on minorities, collective memory studies and interfaith dialogue. The organization publishes magazines, books and studies in the field of cultural diversity, literature, history and sociology, with the objective of promoting cultural development in Iraq and the Arab world. MCMD produces a series of documentary films dealing with minority rights and public freedoms. Masarat established the Iraqi Council for Interfaith Dialogue (ICID) in 2013.
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Middle East Research Institute

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The Middle East Research Institute (MERI) is an independent, non-profit organization based in Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. MERI's mission is to contribute to the process of nation building and democratization in the Middle East via engagement, research, analysis and policy debates. Its key objectives are to promote and develop human rights, democracy, good governance, the rule of law and social and economic prosperity. MERI is committed to open access and makes its research available to the general public through publications, workshops, seminars and conferences.
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Mobaderoon

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Mobaderoon is an organization providing a range of advisory and training services to civil society actors in the region. Training in conflict mediation, non-violent communication, leadership training and advocacy is designed to strengthen peaceful coexistence in the community. In addition, the organization advises on legal, administrative and financial issues, as well as on the planning and implementation of social and economic projects and initiatives in order to strengthen the active participation of economic and social actors.
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Omran Center for Strategic Studies

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The Omran Center for Strategic Studies is a research institute based in Istanbul that deals with political, economic, military, and social developments in Syria. The Omran Center aims to enrich the discourse on Syria through independent research, seminars, workshops and public discussion forums, thus informing regional and international decision-makers.
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Open Think Tank

Open Think Tank
The Open Think Tank (OTT) in Dohuk is committed to the promotion of capacity building and social change in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). The think tank conducts research, conferences and trainings on a broad range of topics concerning the KRI in order to offer reliable and politically neutral information and analysis on the region and the developments within it. Furthermore, its activities include policy advocacy, supporting local policy makers and NGOs with regard to sustainable solutions for regional problems in a wide range of issues.
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Political Science Institute - Saint-Joseph University

The Institute of Political Sciences at the Saint-Joseph University was established in 1944. The vocation of the Institute is to train enterprising and active elite in the public and private sectors as well as in civil society. It has an extensive experience in developing action-oriented research related to refugees, public policies, democracy, and governance.
The Institute of Political Sciences at the Saint-Joseph University was established in 1944. The vocation of the Institute is to train enterprising and active elite in the public and private sectors as well as in civil society. It has an extensive experience in developing action-oriented research related to refugees, public policies, democracy, and governance.
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SEED National

Socio-Economic Enhance and Development is a non-profit, secular, and non-governmental organization based in Tripoli, Lebanon. Founded in 2014 by a group of civil society activists, SEED educates and equips people with vocational training and empowers individuals and communities to create an independent and prosperous society.
Socio-Economic Enhance and Development is a non-profit, secular, and non-governmental organization based in Tripoli, Lebanon. Founded in 2014 by a group of civil society activists, SEED educates and equips people with vocational training and empowers individuals and communities to create an independent and prosperous society.
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Strategic Studies Centre - University of Karbala

Strategic Studies Centre is a part of the University of Karbala which was established in 2002.  The main objective of the Centre is to contribute to the decision-making process in Iraq through extensive research, strategic analysis, preparation of highly qualified academic staff, and building bridges of cooperation between Iraqi policymakers and the Strategic Studies Centre.
Strategic Studies Centre is a part of the University of Karbala which was established in 2002. The main objective of the Centre is to contribute to the decision-making process in Iraq through extensive research, strategic analysis, preparation of highly qualified academic staff, and building bridges of cooperation between Iraqi policymakers and the Strategic Studies Centre.
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Synaps

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Synaps is a Beirut-based research and training organization, whose locally-hired analysts conduct extensive field research into the social and economic dynamics that shape their societies. Synaps’ Syria portfolio centers on issues that are as under-explored as they are essential to the country’s future, from mounting ecological stress to a fast-evolving civic landscape. Based on this research, high-quality articles are regularly written which serve the general public and experts as a source of information.
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The Syrian Observer

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The Syrian Observer is an online news service that publishes information on political, economic and social developments in Syria and translates Syrian news coverage into English. It also publishes original documents, columns, interviews and blog entries. The Syrian Observer aims to provide a better understanding of Syria to the outside world and, accordingly, to present the various political and social positions in Syria.
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Wilfried Martens Center for European Studies

Wilfried Martens Center for European Studies
Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies was established in 2007 in Brussels by the European People’s Party (EPP). The Centre embodies a pan-European mindset and aims to have a policy impact through its concrete policy proposals, shape European public opinion, and provide a forum where new ideas can be debated.
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Women Empowerment Organization

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The Women Empowerment Organization (WEO) is an Iraqi NGO located in Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Its goal is to enhance the participation of women in the Iraqi society and the protection of their rights. To this end, WEO holds seminars, conferences and workshops with regional and international rights activists. Women and Iraqi youth are assisted in locating employment opportunities, which enable them to actively contribute to the rebuilding and development of Iraq. Besides that, WEO conducts campaigns and advocacy measures to raise awareness for the issue of human rights in general and women’s rights in particular among local decision makers.
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Yahad in Unum

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Yahad-In Unum is an independent, international human rights organization. Its aim is to reveal and denounce all forms of genocide with a mission to uncover genocide-like patterns of action and create a dissenting vote for all victims and potential victims of genocide. Yahad-In Unum collects the testimonies of survivors to document and prove every step of the Yazidi genocide, and helps the survivors rehabilitate themselves.
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