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 David Mack, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs
  • 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

Jun 26, 2019

Arab Barometer Polling Data Event

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

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.

Iraq Middle East

Event Recap

Jul 19, 2019

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

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.

Economy & Business Energy & Environment

All content

In the News

Jun 30, 2022

Slavin quoted in Responsible Statecraft on the Middle East Air Defense Alliance and its implications for US-Iran relations

By Atlantic Council

Iran Middle East

IranSource

Jun 30, 2022

Iran’s middle class has been eroding for some time. Now it’s only getting worse.

By Javad Heiran-Nia

With the weakening of Iran’s middle class, the safety valve of the political system is eroding.

Economy & Business Iran

In the News

Jun 28, 2022

Slavin participated in Arab Center DC event on if the Qatar talks will produce a nuclear deal with Iran

By Atlantic Council

Iran Politics & Diplomacy

In the News

Jun 27, 2022

Azodi quoted in Media Line on Qatar’s role in mediating US-Iran talks

By Atlantic Council

Iran Politics & Diplomacy

In the News

Jun 24, 2022

Dagres quoted in The National News after girls were arrested in Iran after removing their hijabs at a skateboarding event

By Atlantic Council

Civil Society Iran

In the News

Jun 24, 2022

Slavin quoted in Newsweek on Mike Pence’s support of the formerly designated terrorist group MEK in Iran

By Atlantic Council

Iran Security & Defense

MENASource

Jun 22, 2022

The immutable Muqtada al-Sadr loses a battle against Iran

By Andrew L. Peek

The June 12 decision by Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to renounce his electoral victory and collapse the government formation process is a gift to Iran.

Iran Iraq

In the News

Jun 21, 2022

Zais in Real Clear Energy: Iran’s threat to Kurdistan is a greater challenge to the oil market than OPEC

By Atlantic Council

Iran Middle East

In the News

Jun 21, 2022

Panikoff quoted in CNN on Israel’s strategy for ending Iranian nuclear weapons development

By Atlantic Council

Iran Israel

In the News

Jun 18, 2022

Slavin quoted in Tehran Times on how Iran should respond to the JCPOA

By Atlantic Council

Iran Nuclear Deterrence