Iraq Initiative

  • Private Roundtable on Iraq with DASD Mick Mulroy

    On May 7, the Atlantic Council's Iraq Initiative hosted US Department of Defense Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East Michael "Mick" Mulroy for a private, off-the-record discussion on Iraq. Atlantic Council Middle East Programs Director and Rafik Hariri Center Director William F. Wechsler moderated the conversation.
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  • Roundtable with Iraqi Speaker of Parliament Mohammed al-Halbousi

    On March 28, 2019, the Atlantic Council’s Iraq Initiative hosted a private roundtable with Mr. Mohammed al-Halbousi, Speaker of the Council of Representatives of Iraq. Atlantic Council Board Director General David Petraeus moderated the conversation. Atlantic Council Executive Vice President Damon Wilson gave opening remarks. 


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  • Roundtable with Iraqi Foreign Minister H.E. Mohamed Alhakim

    On February 8, 2019, the Atlantic Council’s Iraq Initiative hosted a private roundtable with H.E. Mohamed Alhakim, Foreign Minister of Iraq. Atlantic Council Iraq Initiative Director Dr. Abbas Kadhim moderated the conversation. Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe gave introductory remarks.


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  • Roundtable with DAS for Iraq and Iran Andrew Peek

    On February 5, 2019, the Atlantic Council’s Iraq Initiative hosted a private roundtable with Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iraq and Iran Andrew Peek to discuss US-Iraq relations following his recent trip to Iraq. Atlantic Council Iraq Initiative Director Dr. Abbas Kadhim moderated the conversation. Atlantic Council Middle East Programs Director William Wechsler gave introductory remarks.


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  • Kadhim Joins PBS to Discuss Trump’s Remarks on US Troops in Iraq to "Watch Iran"


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  • Kadhim Quoted in CNBC on Iraq's 2019 budget


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  • Nearly One Hundred Days In, How is Iraq’s New Government Performing?

    Spending the last two weeks of 2018 in Iraq offered a window into Iraqi politics, the economy, and how Iraqis are coping on a variety of issues. My trip began with a conference, and despite the socially and politically contentious issues under discussion—citizenship, identity, inclusive governance, human development, education, among others—and the diverse ethno-sectarian background of the participants, there was a consensus on the most fundamental issue: that Iraqis must build their own nation together and focus on the future, rather than dwell on the injurious past.


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  • One Year Post-ISIS: Iraq is on the Right Path, but Must Take Further Steps

    On December 10, 2017, former Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory in the battle to liberate Iraqi territories from the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). The Iraqi Army, Special Forces, and Federal Police, supported by the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMFs) and the Peshmerga, fought for every inch of territory that was occupied by the terrorist group. Iraq was not alone in this fight. An international coalition, led by the United States, offered significant military help in the form of air support, logistics, and invaluable advisory assistance on the ground.

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  • Beyond Security: Stabilization, Governance, and Socioeconomic Challenges in Iraq

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    As unrest over the Iraqi government’s failure to provide essential services grips southern Iraq, the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East is offering insight and analysis beyond the headlines. In a new issue brief, Beyond Security: Stabilization, Governance, and Socioeconomic Challenges in Iraq, Dr. Harith Hasan explores the ways in which economic and social issues play into Iraq’s instability and the genesis of violent conflict. In addition to Iraq’s flailing economy and demographic boom, the author highlights growing disillusionment with the political system,...

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  • An Advance Look at Iraq’s 2018 Elections

    Iraq’s 2018 parliamentary elections, simultaneously embodying continuity and change, will be held in a particularly divisive atmosphere. The elections are taking place in the shadow of the devastation left behind by the conflict with ISIS and serious splits within the governing Shia party. As a result, voting on May 12 will be a litmus test for the mood of the country in the wake of a tumultuous few years.

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