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On Tuesday, April 13 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET the Atlantic Council’s Iraq Initiative hosted a discussion featuring the Ambassador of Iraq to the United States, Fareed Yasseen, following the strategic dialogue meetings over the future of the US-Iraqi relationship. As Iraq continues to experience a delicate transition process from a military campaign to recovery, reconstruction, and wider stability, there remain myriad issues including an ambitious economic reform program, looming parliamentary elections, the unresolved future of the Popular Mobilization Forces, resurgent jihadist activity, and the uncertain prospect of American-Iranian relations.
On the heels of the Biden administration’s first round of strategic dialogue with Iraq on April 7, the Ambassador examined the country’s current opportunities and challenges, gave his perspective and outlook for US-Iraq relations under the Biden administration, and touched on areas where policymakers and the international community can support Iraq including on education, climate, and energy.
H.E. Fareed Yasseen
Embassy of Iraq
Dr. Abbas Kadhim
Director, Iraq Initiative