EWI and RCD to Partner at RCD Forum 2019

News | December 18, 2018

The EastWest Institute (EWI) and Rafidain Center for Dialogue (RCD) announced today a cooperation and partnership program for the upcoming RCD Forum 2019, which will be held on February 3-5, in Baghdad. 

RCD Forum 2019 is the first of its kind to be held in Baghdad, to be attended by senior policy makers representing the Iraqi government and parliament, international officials from neighboring countries, international organizations, as well as scholars and researchers from major Think Tanks and universities from Iraq and abroad. 

“Iraq is increasingly becoming a focal point of EWI’s MENA Program,” said Kawa Hassan, Vice President, of EWI’s Middle East and North Africa Program. “Having 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, we are now honored to cooperate with RCD and look forward to convening a panel on rule of law, combating corruption and a workshop on climate change at the RCD Forum.”

“The RCD Forum will be much richer in content and substance with the participation of the EastWest Institute,” commented Farhad Alaaldin, Chairman of the RCD Forum Organising Committee. “EWI has a long established track record working in Iraq and we are delighted to have them as a partner at the RCD Forum.”

About EastWest Institute (EWI)

The EastWest Institute works to reduce international conflict, addressing seemingly intractable problems that threaten world security and stability. The institute forges new connections and builds trust among global leaders and influencers, helping create practical new ideas and take action. Independent, nonprofit since its founding in 1980, EWI has offices in New York, Brussels, Moscow and San Francisco.

EWI maintains a range of activities as part of its Middle East and North Africa (MENA) program, as a time when the region is undergoing historic, complex and rapid transformations and transitions.

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About Rafidain Center for Dialogue (RCD)

Rafidain Center for Dialogue (RCD) is an independent Think Tank registered as an NGO incorporated in 2014 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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