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Jan 8, 2021

Kadhim joins Alghad TV to discuss US-Iraq relations

Iraq Politics & Diplomacy

In-Depth Research & Reports

Jan 6, 2021

Gone with the Muhasasa: Iraq’s static budget process, and the loss of financial control

By Ahmed Tabaqchali

A new Iraq Initiative report, authored by Ahmed Tabaqchali, chief investment officer at AFC Iraq Fund, outlines the inefficiencies inherent in Iraq’s current budget process and recommendations for a revamped, dynamic, and transparent budget mechanism.

Economy & Business Iraq

In the News

Dec 23, 2020

Kadhim joins PBS News Hour to discuss the impact of the Blackwater pardons

Iraq Middle East

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.

Energy & Environment Iraq

MENASource

Dec 9, 2020

How the agri-food sector can turn Iraq’s economy around

By Hadi Fathallah and Timothy Robertson

Amidst Iraq’s economic meltdown, agri-food can play a pivotal role in turning the economy around and putting it back on a sustainable growth track.

Iraq Middle East

MENASource

Dec 8, 2020

To move forward, US policy on Iraq requires balancing confrontation with Iran

By C. Anthony Pfaff

If Washington wants to shape Iranian behavior relative to Iraq—or anywhere for that matter—it has to give Tehran alternatives it can accept.

Iran Iraq

In the News

Nov 9, 2020

Kadhim quoted in Al Jazeera on what a Biden administration means for the US-Iraq relations

Elections Iraq

In the News

Nov 2, 2020

Kadhim in the Arab Center DC: Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s Iraq: Challenges and Prospects

Democratic Transitions Iraq

MENASource

Nov 2, 2020

The irrefutable logic of numbers and the inevitability of reform in Iraq

By Ahmed Tabaqchali

While, on the surface, the White Paper might appear to be yet another economic reform package in response to a fiscal crisis brought about by falling oil revenues, the lofty goals are likely to be forgotten as soon as rising oil prices rescue the state from its current quagmire.

Iraq Middle East

MENASource

Oct 29, 2020

Iraq’s economic White Paper misses a key issue for the energy sector

By Harry Istepanian

On October 10, the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi issued a White Paper to reform Iraq’s economy. The energy sector’s future has taken considerable space in the blueprint alongside the country’s increasing demand for electricity.

Iraq Middle East