Robert and JoAnn Bendetson Public Policy Initiative

The Iraq Project

At the Helsinki talks, participants included, from left: Younadim Yousif Kana from Iraq; Martin McGuinness from Northern Ireland; Tufts Provost and Senior Vice President Jamshed Bharucha; Kelsi Stine, A10; Tufts trustee Robert Bendetson, A73; Sheikh Wisam

Derived from EPIIC's 2006 forum,"The Politics of Fear", the Institute's “Iraq: Moving Forward” Symposium (January 2007) evolved into closed facilitations, Helsinki I in September 2007, Helsinki II in Finland in April 2008, and is now continuing in Badgdad Iraq. Links and Media NECN: "The Main Event"

McGuinness urges Iraq to learn from N. Ireland's past Read the Boston Globe Article on 7/6/08

Tufts' Institute for Global Leadership co-convenes Iraqi peace talks in Helsinki Read the Tufts Daily Article on the Iraq Project The Origins of the Iraq Project (download PDF 176k)Giving Peace a Chance: Tufts Journal Article on Iraq Project Bringing Iraqi's to the Table : Boston Globe Article on Iraq Project


Other IGL Initiatives in the Middle East

New Initiative for Middle East Peace (NIMEP) visit site

Observer Article: Israel and West Bank | (download PDF 5MB)

Observer Article: Iran Unveiled | (download PDF 5.6MB) NIMEP Insights Journal Volume 1: 2005 Volume 2: 2006

NIMEP Fact-Finding Trip to Israel/West Bank Video (coming soon)

ALLIES (Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services) visit site

Joint Research Project -- Jordan 2008 | (download PDF 64K)

Joint Research Project -- Jordan 2008 -- Interviews | (download PDF 52K)

Joint Research Project Participants | (download PDF 6MB)