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Wed, Sep 22, 2021

Iran ‘won’ the war with Iraq but at a heavy price

More than four decades after the beginning of a dreadful war that shaped the lives and worldview of a generation, Iraq and Iran seem to have put the past behind them and moved to a new relationship. But the road ahead is not without landmines. The balance of power is too lopsided in Iran’s favor to allow for a healthy alliance and Iran’s continued estrangement from the US makes Baghdad’s balancing act even trickier. The Iranians may be enjoying their triumphant short-term position, but the long-term consequences could be calamitous.

IranSource by Barbara Slavin, Abbas Kadhim

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Mon, Jul 26, 2021

FAST THINKING: Is the Iraq War over… again?

As the US military formally transitions to an advisory role with Iraqi forces, what’s next for the fights against ISIS and Iran-backed militias? Will anything really change? Our Iraq experts weigh in.

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Conflict Defense Policy

Thu, Jul 15, 2021

Kadhim quoted in The New Arab on diversifying American aid to Iraq

In the News by Atlantic Council

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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.