Enabling Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC)

Washington, DC   |  www.enablingpeace.org

Mission

The Enabling Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC) works one-on-one with civil society leaders in Iraq to provide relief to vulnerable populations, monitor the crisis to better inform public policy, and enhance understanding of Iraq's story. 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.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Mr. Erik K. Gustafson

Main address

1140 Third Street NE 2nd Floor

Washington, DC 20002 USA

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EIN

52-2223500

NTEE code info

International Peace and Security (Q40)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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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.

Population(s) Served

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.

Population(s) Served

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.

Population(s) Served

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.

Population(s) Served

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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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

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.

EPIC's strategy is based on a human security approach to aid relief and policy-making. 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.

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.

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.

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Enabling Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC)

Board of directors
as of 6/12/2020
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Board co-chair

Ms. Zeena Abdul-Rahman

No Affiliation

Term: 2019 - 2021


Board co-chair

Ms. Kate Phillips-Barrasso

InterAction

Term: 2019 - 2021

Hussein al-Baya

Yasmeen Alamiri

David Slater

Bilal Wahab

Kate Phillips-Barrasso

Taif Jany

Soren Sudhof

Dennis Clancey

Zeena Abdul-Rahman

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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? Yes