New AtlanticistOct 24, 2023
The legal challenges in holding Iran accountable for supporting Hamas
By C. Anthony Pfaff
Under current international law, a state actor may only be responsible for the actions of a proxy if it directs the proxy to take those actions or knows that the provided material would be used to commit certain crimes.
MENASourceJun 16, 2023
How the international community can help Iraq on a path toward democratic stability
By Sarkawt Shamsulddin
The international community should increase its financial support for civil-society organizations in Iraq, as these play an instrumental role in reconciling ethnic divisions while promoting democratic principles among younger people.
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.
MENASourceMay 24, 2023
The US needs to be proactive in order to break its escalatory cycle with Iran
By C. Anthony Pfaff
Here we go again. On March 23, Iran-backed Iraqi militias launched a drone attack that killed an American contractor and wounded another, as well as twenty-four US military personnel. The attack feels very much like a repeat of the one in December 2019, which also killed a US contractor and led to an escalatory cycle, […]
Event RecapMay 9, 2023
Reimagining a way forward: Iraq’s economy and energy sector in the post-invasion era
By Amna Haider and Mahnaz Vahdati
On April 24, 2023, the Atlantic Council’s Iraq Initiative convened a hybrid panel discussion to examine Iraq’s current economic and energy landscape, and their future trajectory. The panel discussed Iraq’s significant progress in rebuilding its economy and energy sectors that have suffered since the 2003 US invasion of the country, despite facing various challenges such […]