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  • 2019-02-02 00:00:00

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    Why hold a forum in Baghdad?

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    Following the military defeat of ISIS, formation of a new government, Iraq has already entered a new historical phase. Stability, provision of services and economic reform are now among the top priorities that are included in the government programme. However, there are numerous challenges ahead, both nationally and internationally, which require serious debate and exchange of visions to turn some of the barriers for progress or opportunities for success. The Rafidain Centre for Dialogue (RCD) is one of Iraq’s leading centre for political debates, with the broadest network of policy- and decision-makers, academics, diplomats and businessmen across the country and beyond The debates and dialogues in the RCD Forum - Baghdad 2019 will aim to encourage ideas to enable power elite and decision-makers to find solutions and answers to these problems and questions. Since its establishment, Al-Rafidain Centre for Dialogue (RCD) has been working on developing a comprehensive national vision to support the democratic process, promote community peace and guide public opinion towards building a State institutions. RCD seeks to achieve these objectives by all possible means, such as organizing seminars, workshops and dialogues and publishing books, journals and scientific research papers, as well as by establishing strategic partnerships with think-tanks and research centres in Iraq and all over the world. For the RCD, effective and positive dialogue is the key to realizing the dream that is: "a community engaged in dialogue, a prosperous homeland."

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    Aims and Objectives

    - Promote dialogue for peace, stability and reconciliation among Iraq’s various communities - Promote intellectual debate among national and international stakeholders on key issues and challenges that face Iraq. - Exchange visions on how to tackle barriers for economic, security and socio-political progress - Promote Baghdad, the city of Peace that is open for business

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    Discussion topics

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    RCD Forum 2019 programme will consist of panels, workshops and plenary sessions that cover a wide range of themes and topics, including: 1- Iraq’s security as a cornerstone for regional stability 2- Prospects for enhanced rule of law and good governance in Iraq. 3- Leading Iraq during financial crises and ISIS occupation 4- Reconstruction, Reconciliation and Reform: a new social contract 5- Investment in Business and Energy is the lifeline of Iraq’s economy 6- The role of youth in the Iraqi political landscape 7- Security and Economy of Iraq in P5 prospective 8- Government Program between Achievements and Challenges

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    KeyNote Debates

    Iraq returning to the core of world diplomacy: President Barham Salih Legislature’s role in building an institutional state: Speaker Mohammad al-Halbusi Judiciary Authority: challenges and opportunities, Chief Justice Faik Zedan Middle East, quagmire of world politics or its shining beacon

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    Collaboration

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    The RCD Forum 2019 will be conducted in collaboration with several International Think Tanks, including KAS, The Middle East Research Institute (MERI), East-West Institute, Chatham House, MADRE, AUIS, MADRE, International Crises Group.

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    Workshops

    1- Police and Civil Justice Reform: The RAND Corporation and the National Defense University (NDU) will conduct a workshop on civil justice and police reform, conveying lessons learned and best practices from US, regional, and international case studies, and how it applies to Iraq. Participants will have opportunity to engage RAND and NDU experts on policing questions and experiences. 2- Climate Change, the new threat to Iraq after ISIS Iraq is exposed to three major threats: terrorism, corruption and climate change. Whilst the first two have received considerable attention, the climate-related security risks facing Iraq have only begun rising up on the agenda. Iraq is one of the Middle East’s most climate vulnerable countries. To tackle security threats facing the post-ISIS Iraq, terrorism, socio-political and economic challenges need to be addressed interlinked with climate-related security risks. 3- Legal Reform in Iraq, Anti-Domestic Violence Law and Shelter Policy: Gender-based violence remains an ongoing concern in Iraq and recent conflicts have left women more vulnerable. Iraq has yet to enact a law that ensures the protection of women and the recognition of organizations operation of shelters. Local organizations are currently running shelters with no legal protection therefore, the shelter policy in Iraq must be amended. 4- Higher Education Reform Higher Education in Iraq reached very high levels in the past, but due to repeated wars and neglect, it has suffered major setbacks, lack of funding, together with lack of support set the Iraqi higher education on a downward spiral, this workshop will discuss the ways to correct the path and find ways for the Universities to raise standards and adopt modern methods of education

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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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