The Atlantic Council is leading a new, long-term initiative on Iraq. The aim is to expand on the work of the former Task Force on the Future of Iraq, which was chaired by Ambassador Ryan Crocker and developed to identify ways to support the Iraqis in stabilizing their state, reconciling their warring communities, and building the basis for long-term stability in the country. The Atlantic Council Iraq Initiative conducts research, publishes expert analysis, engages in public commentary and private consultations and convenes events on the most significant challenges faced by Iraq beyond its military confrontation with ISIS. The Iraq Initiative seeks to look past the current, narrow security lens to examine Iraq’s potential to develop the drivers of any successful society: inclusive politics, economic development, and a vibrant civil society.

Advisory Council 

The Atlantic Council receives advice and counsel on the implementation of the Atlantic Council Iraq Initiative from an Advisory Council consisting of prominent Iraqis, Americans, and others who share in the Initiative’s objectives and who have demonstrated, over time, dedication to the cause of a peaceful, unified, and prosperous Iraq featuring inclusive politics, economic development, and a vibrant civil society.

Amb. Feisal al-Istrabadi
Founding Director, Center for the Study of the Middle East
Indiana University, Bloomington

Amb. Rend al-Rahim
Former Iraqi Ambassador to the United States

Amb. Ryan Crocker
Visiting Lecturer and Diplomat-in-Residence, Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs
Princeton University

Dr. Meghan O’Sullivan
Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, Kennedy School
Harvard University

Gen. David Petraeus
KKR Global Institute

Amb. Samir Sumaidaie
Former Iraqi Ambassador to the United States