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Publication date: 22 September 2020

Sarah Abdulkareem Salih, Sumarni Ismail and Aysha Mseer

The residents of Baghdad city has been suffering from various issues, including poor social relations, low quality of life, as well as neglect of many public spaces and…

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Purpose

The residents of Baghdad city has been suffering from various issues, including poor social relations, low quality of life, as well as neglect of many public spaces and small parks. Therefore, there is a need to devise effective alternatives to compensate for the loss of large public open spaces so as to enhance the residents’ social interactions and other social activities. Having that said, this study identified the types and characteristics of public open spaces to enhance residents’ social activities in Baghdad city.

Design/methodology/approach

This study adopted the questionnaire survey method to gather quantitative data from 306 respondents based on the single-stage random procedure. The targeted population of this study refers to the residents of the Karkh district, the western part of Baghdad.

Findings

The study outcomes highlight the need to provide pocket parks with adequate characteristics to promote the residents’ social interactions in Baghdad city.

Practical implications

This study contributes by emphasizing the significance of establishing pocket parks for social interaction in Baghdad City.

Originality/value

The study shows a number of solutions related to pocket parks by studying the critical actionable attributes that can be embedded into new development, land-use policies, or to upgrade existing parks. The study may serve as a useful reference for urban and landscape planners, architects, social psychologists, the Municipal of Baghdad, and other interested researchers in this field.

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Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research, vol. 14 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2631-6862

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Expert briefing
Publication date: 2 June 2015

Kirkuk oil.

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DOI: 10.1108/OXAN-DB199971

ISSN: 2633-304X

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Publication date: 1 April 2006

Richard Kupisz

The purpose of the paper is to highlight the key issues that need to be taken into consideration when establishing an office, facility or project in a conflict situation…

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of the paper is to highlight the key issues that need to be taken into consideration when establishing an office, facility or project in a conflict situation, with particular reference to the International Zone in Baghdad, Iraq.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper uses a descriptive approach, setting out the main aspects of setting up and running an office facility or project in Baghdad and highlighting the various options available, with particular reference to the security implications. The analysis is based on the author's personal experience in Baghdad and information on the experience of other organisations working there.

Findings

Working in Baghdad, and by implication other conflict zones, is difficult but not impossible. Security permeates every aspect of existence and as a result any task will cost a lot more and take a lot longer to complete than it would elsewhere. If this can be factored into the preparations for any project there is no reason why the opportunities here, whether to rebuild the country, make a profit or simply to survive unscathed, cannot bear fruit.

Practical implications

The paper provides a practical guide to establishing a project, facility or office in a conflict zone and provides useful information to anyone considering doing so.

Originality/value

The paper describes practical situations and options that are currently being experienced or used today, rather than proposing anything new or untested. It will, therefore, be of great value to any person or organisation considering establishing an office or facility in a conflict one and particularly in Iraq.

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Journal of Facilities Management, vol. 4 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1472-5967

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Publication date: 6 July 2021

Sansom Milton

Iraqi universities in the aftermath of invasion in 2003 experienced extremely high levels of “post”-war violence and insecurity. The most widely known dimension of this…

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Iraqi universities in the aftermath of invasion in 2003 experienced extremely high levels of “post”-war violence and insecurity. The most widely known dimension of this violence is the shocking assassination campaign that killed hundreds of Iraqi academics. This paper provides an analysis of violence and insecurity in post-2003 that takes a broader optic and considers multiple forms of vulnerability to attack including insurgencies, sectarian conflict, and criminal violence. It also considers the various responses to the security dilemma taken by Coalition forces – principally counter-terrorism and stabilization efforts – and by Iraqi policy-makers and higher education communities, including security measures, politicization, ethno-sectarianization, and displacement.

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Publication date: 12 March 2014

Maha Younis, Abdul Kareem Al Obaidi and Ahmed Al-Nuaimi

The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how a psychiatric clinic in a general hospital can function in conflict-ridden Iraq through the easing of patient access to…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how a psychiatric clinic in a general hospital can function in conflict-ridden Iraq through the easing of patient access to services.

Design/methodology/approach

The workload of psychiatrists was analyzed for one year (2010) at the psychiatry consultation clinic located in the campus of the Medical City Hospital in Central Baghdad which is also a training center.

Findings

A total of 2,997 consultations (both adults and children) occurred in 2010. In total, 96 percent were self or family referrals. Patient services were provided by five consulting psychiatrists for a variety of psychiatric disorders. The main therapeutic intervention was the prescription of psychotropics.

Research limitations/implications

Despite the turbulent circumstances and limited mental health resources in Iraq, this clinic was established as a model to attract patients for consultation and triage management to reduce appointment defaults and delayed care.

Practical implications

The data can contribute to the planning and development of mental health services in Iraq, contributing to the current body of literature and serving as a model for other conflict areas.

Originality/value

To best of the understanding this study is the first in the country.

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Journal of Public Mental Health, vol. 13 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1746-5729

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Expert briefing
Publication date: 20 April 2018

Iraqi security forces took control of Kirkuk following a controversial independence referendum in September 2017. Since then, security in the area has deteriorated, with…

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Executive summary
Publication date: 9 June 2015

IRAQ: Baghdad may halt budget payments to Kurds

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DOI: 10.1108/OXAN-ES200145

ISSN: 2633-304X

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Publication date: 6 May 2021

IRAQ: Baghdad and Erbil will step up joint action

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DOI: 10.1108/OXAN-ES261325

ISSN: 2633-304X

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Executive summary
Publication date: 16 December 2020

IRAQ: Baghdad may devalue the dinar

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Executive summary
Publication date: 27 April 2020

IRAQ: Erbil-Baghdad and internal tensions will rise

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DOI: 10.1108/OXAN-ES252216

ISSN: 2633-304X

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