MSI’s Joseph Scheibel recently published the essay “Opportunities in Crisis: Iraq’s Steps toward Inclusion” in the fall issue of the Middle East Policy Journal. The timing of this article is significant as Iraq has retaken the headlines in recent months.
“It is an honor to be published in the Middle East Policy Journal (MEPJ) for a pair of reasons – first, MEPJ’s stature and influence in the field is unquestionable,” said Scheibel. “Second, development in Iraq as the subject at hand has been very close to me and to MSI since I started here five years ago.”
Even as the immediate outlook remains uncertain for Iraq, there are long-term considerations for development and inclusion within the Iraqi government. With USAID’s Tarabot and Tatweer projects, we have worked with three distinct Iraqi governments as they worked to improve and make progress amid countless domestic challenges.
“We’ve seen others governments emerge from these types of problems and slingshot forward, improving in areas like infrastructure, service delivery, or, as is discussed in the article, public policymaking,” said Scheibel. “The government in Iraq has continued to function throughout these latest challenges. Workers aren’t staying home, they are in their offices keeping the lights on and schools open, and the incoming leadership has certainly been saying the right things in terms of inclusion and development moving forward.”
Critical work is still being done in Iraq to strengthen their government and help their citizens. Important strides have been made in creating public policies to protect homeless orphans and decrease youth unemployment. This article shows some of the hard work that isn’t necessarily taking headlines but is necessary for a democracy to succeed.
Joseph worked as an advisor in Baghdad during our former public administration capacity building project Tatweer, as well as for our current Tarabot project. As a Technical Associate at MSI, he works now on capacity building projects in the Middle East.