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Ammar al-Shahbander

Chief of Mission, Iraq


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Ammar joined IWPR in 2004 and currently holds overall responsibility for activities in Syria and Iraq, where IWPR has offices in Baghdad, Suleimaniyah and Erbil. He provides leadership for programs including a new Iraqi Media Institute, print and radio production, and developing female Iraqi journalists. Ammar is also a special advisor on media, outreach strategy and civil society issues to an Iraqi member of parliament and environment minister. Before joining IWPR, Ammar worked as civil society program director for the Iraq Foundation. He opened the Foundation’s office in Baghdad, developed and managed the organization’s projects. Prior to that, as assistant manager, he was responsible for editorial management of the opinion pages of the Iraq Information Network. He has covered the Middle East with a special focus on Iraq over many years. Ammar holds a degree in sociology and international relations from the University of Westminster in London. Ammar speaks fluent Arabic, Persian, English and Swedish.

US military banner is furled in a ceremony to mark the end of US military operations in Iraq, December 15, 2011. (Photo: Sgt. Jessica M. Kuhn, XVIII Airborne Corps PAO/US Army)
Ammar al-Shahbander
15 Dec 11
Does end of military mission expose Iraq to new dangers?
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24 Aug 11
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18 Nov 10
Months in the making, what lies in store for the new Baghdad administration?
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21 Feb 05
Exiles who've returned to help build Iraq find themselves up against an entrenched elite largely untouched by the war.