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.

Projet nᵒ


État du projet


Date de début

Mercredi, février 28, 2007

Date butoir

Jeudi, juillet 31, 2008


6 mois

Agent(e) responsable du CRDI

El-Rifai, Roula

Financement total

CAD$ 48,300


Irak, Moyen-Orient, Asie centrale, Extrême-Orient, Asie du sud


Foundations for Innovation

Chargé(e) de projet

Faleh A. Jabar


Iraq Institute for Strategic Studies, Inc.

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