About this blog...

I am a former leader of a Human Terrain Team in Iraq. My intent with this blog was to identify relevant, open-source materials on Iraqi culture, society, politics, religion and economics - just about anything on or about the Iraqi population in general.

I am continuing the blog now only sporadically, as a means of information distribution in support of efforts to improve a vital program hamstrung by failures in execution.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

NGOs and the choices they face

This new report from Tufts discusses the choices NGOs in Iraq are faced with -- working with the military vs. being seen as colluding with them (vs. being used by them); the fact that the humanitarian assistance that is often most necessary is usually the assistance that it is most dangerous to provide; trying to remaining neutral in a place where it's impossible to do so vs. the benefits and costs of explicitly or implicitly choosing one side.

Beyond NGOs, these are the dilemmas most Iraqis face in their daily lives -- particularly those that want to take an active role in their society by being involved with CF, GoI, SIIC, JAM, etc. These are dilemmas that it's good to understand, and important to be mindful of...

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