About the program

The Atlantic Council is leading a long-term initiative on Iraq led by Dr. Abbas Kadhim. The Iraq Initiative seeks to provide US and European policymakers with unique perspectives from within Iraq as well as impartial, pragmatic policy recommendations. The Iraq Initiative addresses the current security challenges Iraq faces as well as identifies policies that will unlock Iraq’s potential to develop the drivers of any successful society: inclusive politics, economic development, and a vibrant civil society. It is critical that international conversation about Iraq moves from being solely focused on security and military engagement to broader policy issues such as attracting investment, improving governance and service delivery, and the country’s unique geopolitical role. The Iraq Initiative also works to develop relationships with Iraqi officials to bring them together with the right US and European policymakers and influencers to discuss how to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.

Experts

Advisory Committee

  • Ambassador Feisal al-Istrabadi, Founding Director, Center for the Study of the Middle East, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Ambassador Rend al-Rahim, Former Iraqi Ambassador to the United States
  • Mr. Stephen J. Hadley, Former US National Security Advisor
  • Mr. Majid Jafar, CEO, Crescent Petroleum
  • Ambassador Srood Najib, Former Head, Multilateral Department, Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Dr. Meghan O’Sullivan, Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, Kennedy School, Harvard University
  • General David Petraeus, Chairman, KKR Global Institute
  • Ambassador Samir Sumaidaie, Former Iraqi Ambassador to the United States
  • Mr. Olin Wethington, Founder and Chairman, Wethington International LLC

Past events

Event Recap by Atlantic Council

Jun 26, 2019

Arab Barometer Polling Data Event

Event Recap by Atlantic Council

On June 26, the Hariri Center, in collaboration with Arab Barometer, held a public event to release Arab Barometer’s latest public opinion survey data from Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. Following their presentation, Arab Barometer experts Mark Tessler and Kathrin Thomas joined Iraq Initiative Director Abbas Kadhim and Nonresident Senior Fellow Faysal Itani for a panel […]

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Insights & Impact

Jun 1, 2019

Private Roundtable on Iraq with DASD Mick Mulroy

Insights & Impact

On May 7, the Iraq Initiative hosted Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East Michael “Mick” Mulroy for a private, off-the-record discussion on Iraq. Middle East Programs Director William F. Wechsler moderated the conversation.

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Event Recap by Atlantic Council

Jul 19, 2019

Private virtual roundtable with Al-Bayan Center on US-Iraq relations

Event Recap by Atlantic Council

On July 19, the Atlantic Council’s Iraq Initiative hosted a roundtable with Al-Bayan Center, a think tank based in Baghdad. Iraq Initiative Director Dr. Abbas Kadhim moderated the conversation. The participants from Al-Bayan joined by videoconference.

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IranSource by Javad Heiran-Nia

Nov 24, 2021

How Iran sees the Biden doctrine for the JCPOA and Persian Gulf

IranSource by Javad Heiran-Nia

Iranian experts in Tehran see the Joe Biden administration’s approach toward Iran and the JCPOA in the context of his government’s overall foreign policy and its desire to extricate itself from military conflicts in the Persian Gulf.

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IranSource by Seth J. Frantzman

Nov 18, 2021

Iran’s drones are clones. Now they’re being used in multiple conflicts.

IranSource by Seth J. Frantzman

Iran’s military drone program has grown in recent years and Iran-backed groups have increasingly used drones in conflicts.

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IranSource by Robert Czulda

Nov 10, 2021

Is Iran going on an arms shopping spree in Moscow?

IranSource by Robert Czulda

Iran has frequently turned to Russia for arms it could not produce at home.

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IranSource by Skylar Thompson

Nov 9, 2021

From November 2019 to Khuzestan protests, lack of accountability is emblematic of Iran’s plague of impunity

IranSource by Skylar Thompson

Without concrete action to fight the plague of impunity that covers Iran, these violent events will only continue to occur and the Iranian people will continue to suffer.

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IranSource by Saeid Jafari

Nov 5, 2021

Iran’s Middle East influence may actually be declining

IranSource by Saeid Jafari

Growing global dissatisfaction with Tehran’s approach to its nuclear program and delays in returning to the negotiations, as well as developments in Iran’s backyard, are undermining Iranian claims to successful “resistance” and rising influence.

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IranSource by Amir Rashidi and Mani Mostofi

Nov 3, 2021

Throwing gas on the fire of Iranian internet suppression

IranSource by Amir Rashidi and Mani Mostofi

The October 26 cyberattack against gas stations across Iran is already being used as an excuse to push forward the repeatedly stalled Cyberspace Users Rights Protection and Regulation of Key Online Services which conservative politicians have been railroading through parliament since July.

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IranSource by Andrew L. Peek

Nov 2, 2021

Democrats can sanction Iran’s oil without tanking negotiations—and they should

IranSource by Andrew L. Peek

The Joe Biden administration can negotiate and sanction at the same time, and it should take advantage of the flexibility of US sanctions policy to drive down Iran’s oil exports, which have crept up over the past year.

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MENASource by Li-Chen Sim and Nicole Grajewski

Oct 29, 2021

What does Russia get out of Iran’s membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization?

MENASource by Li-Chen Sim and Nicole Grajewski

Russia and Iran’s acrimonious relationship with the United States has brought the countries closer together.

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MENASource by Ilan Zalayat

Oct 28, 2021

Iran’s drones are a buzzing menace for Saudi Arabia

MENASource by Ilan Zalayat

The small but sophisticated Iranian-made armed drones have undercut the security balance in the Gulf region and the Arabian Peninsula over the past few years, ushering in a novel asymmetrical menace.

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IranSource by Holly Dagres

Oct 27, 2021

Iranians give ‘Squid Game’ the green light

IranSource by Holly Dagres

With “Squid Game” becoming a global phenomenon, it’s no surprise that it’s also gaining popularity in Iran. But the Iranian fascination with the show comes at a time when Iran and South Korea are having their own drama.

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