The Atlantic Council Iraq Initiative conducts research, publishes expert analysis, engages in public commentary and private consultations and convenes events on the most significant challenges faced by Iraq beyond its military confrontation with ISIS. The Iraq Initiative seeks to not only address pressing security issues but also examine Iraq’s potential to develop the drivers of any successful society: inclusive politics, economic development, and a vibrant civil society.
The US-Iranian relationship has experienced significant challenges over the past forty years. The lack of diplomatic relations, changes in both the US and Iranian administrations, repeated US military interventions in the region as well as Iran’s support for militant groups and increasingly harsh rhetoric on both sides have further undermined chances for reconciliation. Through a balanced approach of engagement and containment, there is a need to push back against Iranian intervention while promoting US interests, regional conflict resolution, and the well-being of the Iranian people.
North Africa Program
North Africa (also called the Maghreb) holds strategic and political importance for the United States and Europe because of its geographical location in a critically strategic position at the crossroads between Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. The region has been destabilized by the tumultuous uprisings of the Arab Spring and continues today to face major challenges. While the challenges facing North Africa feature less prominently in headlines today, our program aims to provide transatlantic and regional policymakers with a nuanced analysis of current events in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia.
Our work on Syria sheds light on the ongoing struggle of Syrians to fulfill their desire for democratic self-governance as the United States and the international community grapple with the aftermath of a devastating civil war, millions of refugees across the Middle East and Europe, and ongoing security and political challenges spilling over Syria’s borders.