Since the US overthrew Saddam Hussein nearly two decades ago, Iraq has struggled to form an independent democratic government and construct an economy not overly tied to its powerful neighbor and former bitter rival, Iran. The Atlantic Council’s Future of Iran Initiative and Iraq Initiative invite you to a conversation about the political, economic and cultural ties and irritants between these two pivotal Middle Eastern nations and the outlook for their relations in the future.

The discussion will be held via Zoom on Monday, July 25, 2022, from 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET. A link to the meeting will be sent to those who register to attend. The event is open to press and on-the-record.


Barbara Slavin
Director, Future of Iran Initiative
Atlantic Council


Abbas Kadhim
Director, Iraq Initiative
Atlantic Council

Mohsen Milani
Executive Director, Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies, Professor of Politics
University of South Florida

Randa Slim
Senior Fellow and Director of Conflict Resolution and Track II Dialogues Program
Middle East Institute

Ahmed Tabaqchali
Nonresident Senior Fellow
Atlantic Council

Moderated by

Masoud Mostajabi
Associate Director, Middle East Programs
Atlantic Council