On November 21, the Atlantic Council’s Iraq Initiative hosted a private roundtable with the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s department of foreign relations, Safeen Dizayee. Atlantic Council Nonresident Senior Fellow Thomas S. Warrick moderated the conversation, which touched on the ongoing protests in Iraq and their implications as well as the current status of Erbil-Baghdad relations and the impact of the recent instability in northeastern Syria. Atlantic Council Middle East Programs Director William F. Wechsler gave welcome remarks at the discussion.
MENASource Nov 19, 2019
Leaked Iranian intelligence about Iraq only tells part of the story
By C. Anthony Pfaff
The recent story in the New York Times on leaked Iranian intelligence reports about Iranian influence operations in Iraq elicits a couple of possible reactions. If one works for the United States government, particularly in any department or bureau that deals with Iraq, one would be reasonable to feel some gratitude not only that the […]
MENASource Nov 18, 2019
Explainer: Iraq’s autumn of discontent
By Christiana Haynes
Waves of protests have hit Iraq this past October and November, calling for the resignation of the post-war government and sweeping changes. Last month alone, there have been reports of hundreds of protesters killed and thousands wounded by security forces in clashes across the country, from Tahrir Square in Baghdad to cities like Diwaniyah, Najaf, […]
MENASource Oct 31, 2019
With Abdul-Mahdi offering to resign, what’s next for Iraq?
By Middle East programs
Atlantic Council experts react to the announcement of the Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi resigning. Abbas Kadhim is the Director of the Iraq Initiative at the Atlantic Council. “In his address to the Iraqi people on October 31, President Barham Salih referred to Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi’s offer to resign if the two major parliamentary blocs […]
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