Contemporary non-sectarian and progressive actors in Iraq

Contemporary non-sectarian and progressive actors in Iraq
DEADLINE: Tue, 09/05/2017

Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Beirut Office plans to conduct a research study on contemporary non-sectarian and progressive actors in Iraq.

The aim of the study is to provide an overview of some of the most important social and political movements in Iraq that define themselves as progressive, non-sectarian and democratic/left-leaning. The objective is to gain a clearer understanding of these actors’ origins, composition, constituency, tasks, demands, goals, influence and challenges. The study will moreover include an in-depth analysis of two political actors that will be chosen together with the author after the first phase of mapping.

Background of the study: Most recent research on Iraq focuses either on geo-political developments or recent inner-Iraqi tendencies towards Islamization, radicalisation and sectarianism. Knowledge about contemporary Iraqi political actors (political parties, groups, initiatives, movements) that define themselves as non-sectarian, progressive, democratic and/or leftist is rather scattered. Even if in 2015 some light has been shed on the emerging demonstrations against a failed political system defined by corruption, patronage, socio-economic inequalities and sectarianism, a deeper insight into these emerging actors, their origins, developments, ideas, goals and challenges is still missing. In times of rapid changes in the Arab world with new political constellations emerging and open prospects for future changes in the region, the understanding of political actors, programs and options is of major importance.

Structure, scope and language of the study: The study should not exceed 15.000 words, excluding summary, footnotes, bibliography and references. The mapping will be compiled into an English monograph – stating the name(s) of the author(s) - to be published by Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung. The project will start in October 2017 and will be finished in July 2018.

Methodology of study:

Methods applied by the researcher for this study include a literature review, party programs, newspaper articles and interviews. At least one fieldtrip to Iraq is planned.

Applicants should submit the following documents in English:

- Offer for conducting the research and writing the study, including a working schedule and an abstract

- Complete CV including a list of publications

Deadline for applications: September, 5th 2017

Please send your application to