International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

EDUCATION FOR PEACE IN IRAQ CENTER

  • Washington, DC
  • www.epic-usa.org

Mission Statement

The Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC) works one-on-one with civil society leaders in Iraq to carry out effective programs, monitor the crisis and inform public policy, enhance understanding of Iraq's story, and advocate for peaceful change. EPIC was founded in 1998 by veterans of the Gulf War who believe that a human security approach can make Iraq safe and prosperous again.

Main Programs

  1. Soccer Salam
  2. Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor
  3. Iraq Matters Podcast
  4. Advocacy
  5. Research and Raising Awareness
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International

The Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC) works one-on-one with civil society leaders in Iraq to carry out effective programs, monitor the crisis and inform public policy, enhance understanding of Iraq's story, and advocate for peaceful change.

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer

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Mr. Erik Gustafson

Keywords

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iraq, education, youth, displaced, refugees, foreign policy, international relations

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Also Known As

EPIC

EIN

52-2223500

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1943993151

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Peace and Security (Q40)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Soccer Salam

Soccer Salam is a lifesaving program that delivers humanitarian assistance and the joy of play to Iraq’s most vulnerable children and families. Alongside distributions of food, clean water, medical care, and other essentials, educational toys and soccer balls are distributed. In 2016, the program delivered aid to more than 5,300 families, including 20,000 children.

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Program 2

Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor

Every week since January 2015, EPIC publishes a digest of the latest security, humanitarian, and political developments in Iraq to an extensive network of policymakers, scholars, aid workers, and journalists. Information is based on firsthand accounts and Arabic and Kurdish news sources.

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Iraq Matters Podcast

EPIC’s quarterly podcast explores a variety of topics such as Iraqi literature and culture, the role of civil society in reconstruction, and humanitarian needs with expert guests such as Iraq’s then-Ambassador to the United States Lukman Faily.

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Advocacy

EPIC is frequently called upon by Congressional staffers, committees, and think tanks in Washington to offer insight on the latest developments on-the-ground and to explain why a stronger human security-oriented response is needed now. EPIC has played a leadership role in convening like-minded agencies in Washington and actively supports InterAction, an alliance organization of 180+ non-profits who work to advocate for and enact humanitarian response around the world.

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Research and Raising Awareness

EPIC’s research team responds to questions from the media and publishes editorial content on a range of subjects including the environmental and public health impacts of conflict, shortcomings of public education, and the importance and means for peace and reconciliation. Recently, EPIC’s work has appeared in The Hill, Chicago Tribune, New Republic, Foreign Policy, and other outlets.

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    EPIC's ultimate vision is a safe and prosperous Iraq in which all citizens live with the freedom from want, freedom from fear, and freedom to live with dignity.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    EPIC's strategy is based on a human security approach to aid relief and policymaking. Our goals are to educate Americans about the value of Iraq, provide emergency assistance to the country's most vulnerable populations, and convince the international community to remain engaged in Iraq while providing the humanitarian, security, and political support necessary to break the cycle of violence.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    EPIC's capability to add value is rooted in our 20 years of experience working on the issues, our networks in Iraq and around the world, and our reputation as an independent, impartial, and non-partisan organization.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Measuring progress is one of EPIC's most important responsibilities to our funders and stakeholders. We do this by monitoring the public interest in our educational and research efforts, the quality and impact of our fieldwork, and the quantity of our champions in Congress and the administration.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    EPIC succeeds at disseminating thoughtful, accurate information about Iraq's security, humanitarian, and political context; carrying out impactful programs that address some of the most urgent needs of Iraq's vulnerable populations; and growing a network of champions for Iraq based on a solid reputation of independence and impartiality. We are always working to increase the reach of our educational content, impact of our programs on the lives of Iraq's most vulnerable and the depth of our advocacy on their behalf.
Service Areas

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International

The Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC) works one-on-one with civil society leaders in Iraq to carry out effective programs, monitor the crisis and inform public policy, enhance understanding of Iraq's story, and advocate for peaceful change.

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Education for Peace in Iraq Center
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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EDUCATION FOR PEACE IN IRAQ CENTER

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Erik Gustafson

BIO

Erik Gustafson is the founder and Executive Director of EPIC and a veteran of the 1991 Gulf War. He has traveled extensively and frequently throughout Iraq to assess the needs of displaced populations, conduct field interviews, engage civil society leaders, and carry out humanitarian programming. From 2009-2011, Erik took a sabbatical from EPIC to direct the International Human Rights Law Institute's professional development program for Iraqi human rights defenders in 9 of Iraq's 18 provinces.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Soren Sudhof

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BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?