Al-Nahrain Center for Strategic Studies

Al-Nahrain Center for Strategic Studies
The Al-Nahrain Center for Strategic Studies, based in Baghdad, was founded in 2012 and specializes in Iraqi national security affairs. Its 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 specialists 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-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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Advanced Democracy for Sustainable Peace

Advanced Democracy for Sustainable Peace
Advanced Democracy for Peace (AD 4 Peace) is an NGO 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-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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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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Al-Rafidain Center for Dialogue

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.

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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Atlantic Council

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.

Institute of Regional and International Studies

Institute of Regional and International Studies
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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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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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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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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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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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

Masarat
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

Middle East Research Institute
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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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.

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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Sharq for Citizen Development

Sharq for Citizen Development
Active in the region since 2011, the non-profit organization aims to promote and strengthen pluralism and independent thought throughout the Arab world. It aims to give Arab citizens a platform and to engage in honest productive interactions. Sharq for Citizen Development does so through various training and publishing activities and by hosting events that promote and enable exchange of expertise, experience and ideas.
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Syria Direct

Syria Direct
Syria Direct is a non-profit journalism organization that produces timely, credible coverage of Syria while training highly talented, aspiring Syrian journalists in professional news-gathering and accurate, in-depth reporting. Its commitment is to use the highest journalistic standards for these Syrians to tell their own stories, to set the news agenda and to instil principles of independent, critical thinking in their reporters.
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Women Empowerment Organization

Women Empowerment Organization
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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Kesh Malek

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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 in civil society more actively.
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Women Rehabilitation Organization

Women Rehabilitation Organization
The Women Rehabilitation Organization (WRO) is an independent Iraqi-Kurdish non-profit NGO. It advocates peace and capacity building, economic empowerment, child protection and development, as well as the participation of women in political process. The organization provides psychosocial and legal support, addresses refugee issues, fights gender based violence and promotes education. Also, the WRO provides front line aid and water supply, encourages women’s rights and health care, and creates a platform to bring various actors together. They act on a regional as well as on a global level.
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Yahad in Unum – Action Yazidi

Yahad in Unum – Action Yazidi
Action Yazidis is an initiative by Yahad-In Unum, an independent, international human rights organization. Its main goal is to reveal and denounce genocide in all its forms. Its mission is to uncover facts of genocidal practices wherever they are found and provide a voice of protest on behalf of all victims and potential victims of genocide. Through its initiative, Action Yazidi, Yahad-In Unum collects the testimonies of survivors to document and offer evidence of every step of the Yazidi genocide and helps the survivors rebuild themselves in the displaced persons camps.
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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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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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Omran Center for Strategic Studies

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Women Empowerment Organization (WEO)

Women Empowerment Organization (WEO)
The Women Empowerment Organization is a non-governmental, voluntary and independent organization, established in June 2004. It works in Erbil, Iraq, on consolidating women's role and ability in the Iraqi community through enhancing their social, political, economic and cultural participation through promoting Women’s and human rights, gender equity, economic engagement and political participation as well as elimination of all forms of discrimination against women. Moreover, WEO fights for protecting women's rights within the local laws and pending legislations through awareness campaigns and advocacy to the related decision makers in order to meet the Global standards established in international conventions and treaties. WEO also encourages youth and women participation in the development and rebuilding process of Iraq especially in economic terms through supporting them to locate employment opportunities. WEO has been identified as a regional location to act as Small Business Development Center (SBDCs) and has been supported by the USAID-sponsored project IZDIHAR and TIJARA. WEO has earned a unique status in the community in fostering a business learning environment, to serve as a proactive partner in providing for the aforementioned services.
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Burj Babel

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Burj Babel is a civil society organization that aims to promote political dialogue and stimulate cultural discourse in Iraq. For this purpose, Burj Babel offers media seminars and conferences, and organizes trainings for journalists, newscasters and presenters as well as media consulting for public and private institutions.
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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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