About the program

The Atlantic Council is leading a long-term initiative on Iraq led by Dr. Abbas Kadhim. We aim to expand on the work of the former Task Force on the Future of Iraq, which was chaired by Ambassador Ryan Crocker and developed to identify ways to support the Iraqis in stabilizing their state, reconciling their warring communities, and building the basis for long-term stability in the country. 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.

Featured commentary & analysis

Featured in-depth research & reports


Upcoming events

Tue, Sep 10, 2019

A conversation with Iraqi Ambassador Fareed Yasseen

Atlantic Council’s Iraq Initiative invites you to join us for a conversation with Iraqi Ambassador Fareed Yasseen.

12:00pm Washington DC

Past events

Tue, Aug 6, 2019

A view from Iraq: A conversation with Iraqi MP Sarkawt Shamsulddin

On August 6, the Atlantic Council Iraq Initiative hosted Iraqi Council of Representatives Member Sarkawt Shamsulddin for a public event. In 2018, Shamsulddin became the youngest member of the Iraqi parliament, securing the top position of the New Generation Movement in Sulaymaniyah Province.


Mon, Jul 15, 2019

After Sistani and Khamenei: Looming successions will shape the Middle East

At a time of rising tensions between the United States and Iran, Iran and the wider Shia world are facing important successions for leadership that will impact a number of issues. These include how independent Iraq will be of foreign influence, whether Iran finally succeeds in exporting its unique system of government, whether Iran continues […]


All content

Mon, Sep 16, 2019

Can global energy markets withstand the attack on Saudi oil?

Atlantic Council experts react to the September 14 attacks on Saudi oil facilities and what it means for global energy markets and the wider region.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Geopolitics & Energy Security Iran

Mon, Sep 16, 2019

From overtures for US talks to threats of war with Iran

Rejected again and embarrassed by the escalation in the Persian Gulf his policies have incentivized, Trump is likely to make similar belligerent comments this year and US-Iran relations will only worsen.

IranSource by Barbara Slavin

Iran Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Sep 6, 2019

Slavin quoted in JNS on the possibility of US-Iran negotiations

In the News by Atlantic Council

Iran Nuclear Nonproliferation

Thu, Aug 29, 2019

Slavin quoted in The Atlantic on Iran’s targeting of the foundation for defense of democracies

In the News by Atlantic Council


Tue, Aug 27, 2019

Slavin quoted in Newsweek on the MEK

In the News by Atlantic Council


Tue, Aug 27, 2019

Slavin joins France24 to discuss Trump’s Iran comments at G7

In the News by Atlantic Council

Iran Middle East

Tue, Aug 20, 2019

Slavin in Axios: How Trump’s push to end Iran oil exports could backfire

The Trump administration Monday dramatically escalated its campaign of economic warfare against Iran, announcing that it would not renew any waivers for countries to import Iranian oil after May 2. The big picture: Per Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the goal is for Iran to reverse its foreign and domestic policies and accede to 12 demands he set out in […]

Uncategorized by Barbara Slavin


Sun, Aug 11, 2019

‘Maximum pressure’ campaign is bolstering Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

The Trump administration’s unilateral withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and full re-imposition of sanctions against Iran have fueled the nationalist and anti-imperialist ideology that has become central to the mission of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

IranSource by Pia Hecher

Iran Security & Defense

Fri, Aug 9, 2019

Iran’s Nationality Law Bill highlights challenges for legislative reform

A long-awaited bill that would allow the children of Iranian women married to foreign spouses to obtain citizenship for the first time hangs in the balance. Iran’s elected executive and legislative branches have advanced this bill, which would change the lives of thousands of Iranians.

IranSource by Tara Sepehri Far


Wed, Aug 7, 2019

Why Germany resoundingly rejected joining a US-led mission against Iran

On July 31, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced Germany’s refusal to join a US-led military mission to safeguard the international shipping lanes in the Strait of Hormuz from Iranian aggression and criticized what he called America’s “maximum tension” approach.

IranSource by Gert Hilgers

European Union Germany