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ICG Press Release


International Crises Group (ICG) and Rafidain Center for Dialogue (RCD) are pleased to announce a cooperation and partnership program for the upcoming RCD Forum 2019 which will be held 3rd to 5th of Feb in Baghdad RCD Forum 2019 is first of its kind to be held in Baghdad, and would be attended by highest level of Iraqi, regional and International officials from the Governments, as well as Parliament members, scholars and researchers from major Think Tanks and universities from Iraq and abroad. "Since 2003, the International Crisis Group has invested efforts in applying research to conflict prevention by conducting fieldwork across the country and engaging Iraqi and international policy-makers as well as civil society actors. We look forward to conveying a panel on "Agents of Iraq's Transition", Maria Fantappie, Senior Adviser on Iraq at the International Crisis Group Middle East and North Africa Program"  “We are excited to be working with ICG, an Internationally renowned organisation that has the Iraqi affairs as one of their major programs in the Middle East” said Farhad Alaaldin, Chairman of RCD Forum Organising Committee. “ICG adds depth and knowledge to the Forum and we are looking forward to hear from their researchers on their finding on various issues related to Iraq.” About ICG: The International Crisis Group is an independent organisation working to prevent wars and shape policies that will build a more peaceful world.Crisis Group sounds the alarm to prevent deadly conflict. We build support for the good governance and inclusive politics that enable societies to flourish. We engage directly with a range of conflict actors to seek and share information, and to encourage intelligent action for peace. In this more polarised, fragmented and dangerous world, Crisis Group’s work points a way forward. War is not inevitable; it is a man-made disaster. We must mobilise political leaders to heed early warnings and take early action to avoid looming conflicts. And we must build more creative and flexible frameworks for international diplomacy.


Rafidain Center for Dialogue (RCD) is an independent Think Tank registered as an NGO incorporated in 1994 in the Holly City of Najaf. RCD has a 1400 registered members that includes majority of the political party leadership of Iraq, top government officials, academic staff of major universities, think tank scholars and researchers. RCD members come from all the components of Iraqi Society from North to South, East to West.

RCD works on encouraging political, cultural and economic dialogue among the Iraqi people. Aiming to advance the democratic experience, establishing societal peace, and supporting the government and non-governmental institutions through a wide range of studies, research papers, publications, and conducting seminars, conferences and field visits.

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