In-Depth Research & Reports Dec 14, 2020
Iraq’s energy security strategy: A path to diversity and energy independence
By Abbas Kadhim and Sara Vakhshouri
A paper co-authored by Dr. Abbas Kadhim, director of the Iraq Initiative at the Atlantic Council, and Dr. Sara Vakhshouri, founder and president of SVB Energy International, outlines immediate and medium-term practical measures to tackle Iraq’s most pressing issues, in its quest to attain energy independence.
MENASource Jan 6, 2020
By killing Soleimani, the United States destroyed its relationship with Iraq
By Abbas Kadhim
The Iraqi parliament vote to remove US troops confirms that if Iraqis are cornered and forced to choose between the United States and Iran, they will find it safer to choose Iran.
New Atlanticist Jan 1, 2020
New low in US-Iraq relations: What’s next for 2020
By Abbas Kadhim
The attention on Iraq will shift away from the protesters and the reforms they are calling for to the “more newsworthy” events in the Green Zone and the aftermath of the attack on the US Embassy.
Event RecapNov 21, 2023
Balancing global engagement and domestic growth: Iraq’s future in and evolving landscape
By Diane Mohamed
The Iraq Initiative's second annual conference explored key challenges and opportunities confronting Iraq's future generations
EventsJun 7, 2023
Private roundtable on Iraq with Dr. Azzam Alwash
By Atlantic Council
On May 18, the Atlantic Council’s Iraq Initiative hosted Dr. Azzam Alwash, Founder and CEO of Nature Iraq, for a private hybrid roundtable discussion on Iraq’s environmental crisis and future efforts to address climate change. Iraq Initiative Director Dr. Abbas Kadhim moderated the conversation.
Dr. Abbas Kadhim leads the Iraq Initiative within the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs. He is an Iraq expert and author of Reclaiming Iraq: The 1920 Revolution and the Founding of the Modern State. Most recently, he was a senior foreign policy fellow at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. He was formerly an assistant professor of national security affairs and Middle East studies at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and a visiting assistant professor at Stanford University. He also previously held a senior government affairs position at the Iraqi Embassy in Washington, DC. His books include Governance in the Middle East and North Africa and The Hawza Under Siege: Studies in the Ba’th Party Archive. He earned a PhD in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.