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Tue, Jun 9, 2020

US-Iraq strategic talks not just about security issues, says Iraqi former foreign minister

Mohamed Ali Alhakim said the upcoming process is a necessary, long-planned step in ongoing bilateral ties between Baghdad and Washington. But he took pains to call the process a dialogue involving the US government and the sovereign state of Iraq, one which will define the Pentagon’s future presence in Iraq as well as non-military aspects of the relationship including education, energy, culture, trade, and foreign investment.

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Conflict Coronavirus

Wed, May 13, 2020

Iraq’s new prime minister must manage expectations

There is one that Mustafa al-Kadhimi must be the most cautious in tackling—the management of expectations.

MENASource by Rend Al-Rahim

Iraq Middle East

Thu, May 7, 2020

After months of gridlock, Iraq gets a new government

Iraq’s months-long quest to form a national government reached a major milestone on May 6 when a partial government under new prime minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi was approved by lawmakers. Al-Kadhimi—who previously served as Iraq’s national intelligence chief—was nominated by Iraqi President Barham Salih on April 9 after two previous nominees failed to form a government. Although fifteen of the major cabinet posts were approved by the parliament, several others have not yet been confirmed—including foreign affairs, justice, oil, agriculture, and trade—due to failure to reach an agreement between major parties on their allocation.

New Atlanticist by Atlantic Council

Democratic Transitions Iraq

Thu, May 7, 2020

New Iraqi government must face a pandemic and oil price drop

The formation of a fully authorized government provides a chance for Iraq to address its most pressing twin crises.

MENASource by Abbas Kadhim

Coronavirus Iraq

Mon, Apr 27, 2020

The future of US-Iraq relations

This Atlantic Council Iraq Initiative report by Nonresident Senior Fellow Dr. C. Anthony Pfaff analyzes the current challenges in the US-Iraq relationship and presents policy recommendations.

In-Depth Research & Reports by C. Anthony Pfaff

Iraq Middle East

Wed, Apr 22, 2020

Challenges for Iraq’s new government under Mustafa Al-Kadhimi

The protests that started in October 2019 ushered in a new political era in Iraq. For the first time in the post-2003 process of democratic transition, a government was forced to resign due to popular pressure. The resignation of Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi’s cabinet forced the Iraqi political leadership to face contentious constitutional and procedural […]

MENASource by Abbas Kadhim

Iraq Middle East

Tue, Apr 21, 2020

Kadhim quoted in the New York Times on anti-Iranian sentiment in Iraq

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Iraq

Thu, Apr 9, 2020

Third time’s the charm for a new Iraqi PM?

“Iraq needs a prime minister with a mandate from the parliament and the people," Thomas Warrick says, "and al-Kadhimi represents the best chance in a long time for an Iraqi leader who understand the needs of the people for honest, competent, and responsive government."

New Atlanticist by Atlantic Council

Democratic Transitions Iraq

Sat, Mar 21, 2020

Kadhim quoted in Saudi Gazette on Iraq’s measures to restrict public gatherings amid coronavirus outbreak

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Iraq

Fri, Mar 20, 2020

Kadhim quoted in Al-Monitor on US presence in Iraq

In the News by Atlantic Council

Iraq Politics & Diplomacy