Strengthening Social Science Research in Iraq

Although Iraq boasts 20 universities, only a few of them have social science departments. For four decades, Iraqi universities were denied freedom of research and free access to information. They were subject to heavy censorship of imported literature (in Arabic and other languages) and state-party intervention. As a result, those social science departments that do exist are believed to be in poor condition.

This grant will allow the Iraqi Institute of Strategic Studies to map the country's social science research capacity by means of field research and a survey in three regions: Baghdad, southern Iraq and Kurdistan. In doing so, the Institute will identify strengths and weaknesses, gaps in the literature, themes of current interest to Iraqi social scientists and ways of encouraging promising students.

The findings will be disseminated to social science faculties, ministries, parliamentary leaders and committees, local authorities, international agencies and the media.

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Start Date

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

End Date

Thursday, July 31, 2008


6 months

IDRC Officer

El-Rifai, Roula

Total funding

CA$ 48,300


Iraq, Middle East, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Foundations for Innovation

Project Leader

Faleh A. Jabar


Iraq Institute for Strategic Studies, Inc.

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