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Konrad Adeneuer Steftung (KAS) and Rafidain Center for Dialogue (RCD) sign a cooperation agreement for a 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. “We are delighted to participate in the RCD Forum in Baghdad, this forum represents a key event for our Iraqi program and put emphasis for the various programs KAS conducts in Iraq” said Ms. Laure-Maissa Fargelat, ((Director of Middle East Program)) at KAS, She also added that “RCD Forum is a golden opportunity to meet the Iraqi political leadership as well as Iraqi government decision makers, NGOs, researchers, and business leaders” “We are very excited to with with KAS at the upcoming RCD Forum in Baghdad, KAS is one of the leading Think Tanks working on Iraqi affairs and helped various government and non government institutions in capacity building and training programs” said Farhad Alaaldin, Chairman of RCD Forum Organising Committee. “KAS has long track record and vast experience working with countries like Iraq in the past 50 years, they will be a valuable partner and contributor to RCD Forum” About KAS: The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is a political foundation Established in 1955. In Germany, 16 regional offices offer a wide variety of civic education conferences and events. Our offices abroad are in charge of over 200 projects in more than 120 countries. The foundation’s headquarters are situated in Sankt Augustin near Bonn, and also in Berlin. Freedom, justice and solidarity are the basic principles underlying the work of KAS. Civic education programs aim at promoting freedom and liberty, peace, and justice. KAS cooperates with governmental institutions, political parties, civil society organizations and handpicked elites, building strong partnerships along the way. In particular seeks to intensify political cooperation in the area of development cooperation at the national and international levels on the foundations of its objectives and values. Together with its partners KAS makes a contribution to the creation of an international order that enables every country to develop in freedom and under its own responsibility.
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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.
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EastWest Institute (EQI) 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. “Iraq is increasingly a core country for EWI’s MENA Program. We have provided thought leadership to the Atlantic Council’s Task Force on the Future of Iraq, and co-authored the expert working group’s report on Iraq’s climate related security risks.” Said Kawa Hassan, Director of EWI’s Middle East and North Africa Program. Mr. Hassan added “We are honored to cooperate with RCD and looking forward to convening a panel on rule of law, combating corruption and a workshop on climate change at the RCD Forum in Baghdad.” “The RCD Forum will be much richer in content and substance with the participation of EWI” said Farhad Alaaldin, Chairman of RCD Forum Organising Committee. “EWI has a long established track record working in Iraq and we are delighted to have them at RCD Forum as partners” About EastWest Institute: EastWest Institute (EWI) is a global network of influential stakeholders committed to and engaged in building trust and preventing conflict around the world. EWI has a 37-year track record of convening dialogue and back channel diplomacy to develop sustainable solutions for today’s major political, economic and security issues. Our work is urgently needed as the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is undergoing historic, complex and rapid transformations and transitions. The results are profound: violent geopolitical shifts, a reshaping of state-society relations, polarization, fragmentation and an ongoing contest for power and influence between the region’s main protagonists. It is against this background, and in the absence of a regional security structure—which could manage, prevent and resolve conflicts—that renders EWI’s work all the more valuable. EWI’s MENA Program looks at evolving scenarios, and potential conflict triggers and dynamics that could emerge as a consequence of the current policies and politics. We then facilitate confidential meetings where political and social leaders, organizations, academics and media professionals can engage in constructive dialogues, generate balanced recommendations and innovate ways to defuse tensions and mitigate conflict. In this way, we are able to build trust, complement and initiate new channels of communication between national and regional rivals, promote inclusive politics and governance, favor cooperation over competition and deliver win-win solutions. The Iran Saudi Dialogue project is a flagship initiative of EWI’s MENA program.
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MADRE 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 on the 3rd to 5th of February in Baghdad. RCD Forum 2019 is the first of its kind to be held in Baghdad, and will be attended by high level Iraqi, regional and international government officials, members of Parliament, scholars and researchers from leading think tanks and universities from Iraq and abroad. “MADRE’s focus in Iraq is to advance human rights and in particular to tackle violence against women and demand accountability” said Rejna Abdul Aziz, MADRE Iraq Legal Advocate, “we partner with grassroots women’s organisations who are on the frontlines of the crises and call for change to Iraqi law and policies to better protect vulnerable communities. This includes Iraq’s policies that threaten women, such as the ban on shelters run by local women’s organisations and demanding for those shelters to be legally protected.” “We are delighted to have MADRE as a partner for the RCD Forum and co-organise a workshop in the important subject of violence against women” said Farhad Alaaldin, Chairman of RCD Forum Organising Committee. “MADRE will run a workshop on the 3rd of February on violence against women, with particular reference to the draft Anti-Domestic Violence Law and discussion on other Iraqi legislation and the role it plays in enhancing human rights for all Iraqis.” About MADRE: MADRE is an international women’s human rights organization established in 1983, working towards a world in which all people enjoy the fullest range of individual and collective human rights; in which resources are shared equitably and sustainably; in which women participate effectively in all aspects of society; and in which people have a meaningful say in decisions that affect their lives. MADRE uses human rights to advance social justice. MADRE partners with women in communities worldwide to meet urgent, local needs and create long-term solutions to the problems that women face. MADRE’s vision is enacted with an understanding of the inter-relationships between the various issues we address and by a commitment to working in partnership with women at the local, regional, and international levels who share common goals. MADRE programme areas include: Peace Building Women’s Health & Violence against women Economic & Environmental Justice MADRE currently works in Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, Iraq, Kenya, Nicaragua, Syria and Palestine.
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Chatham House (CH) 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. “Iraq is a key country for Chatham House's Middle East and North Africa Programme and we look forward to convening a panel of researchers and officials to discuss security sector challenges at the RCD Forum in Baghdad." Renad Mansour, Research Fellow in the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House “We are delighted to have Chatham House cooperating with RCD at the RCD Forum which is a unique forum to be held in Baghdad” said Farhad Alaaldin, Chairman of RCD Forum Organising Committee. “Chatham House’s agreement to participate in the Forum shows International communities serious care about Iraq and its affairs.” About Chatham House: Chatham House is a century old Institution that offered solutions grounded in certain core principles such as the rule of law with an independent judiciary; democratic and accountable government with an effective separation of powers; open and well-regulated markets; and a vibrant media and civil society that enable informed and robust public debate. Chatham House Mission is To help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world, through informed debate, independent analysis, new policy ideas, and outreach to audiences. carry out independent and rigorous analysis of critical global, regional and country-specific challenges and opportunities. Chatham House is independent and owes no allegiance to any government or to any political body. It does not take institutional positions on policy issues.

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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