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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.

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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.

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Fri, Aug 2, 2019

Slavin quoted in the National Interest on US sanctions on Iran

Uncategorized by Jasper Gilardi

Economic Sanctions Iran

Thu, Aug 1, 2019

Sanctioning Iran’s top diplomat increases chance for US-Iran war

Running out of targets for sanctions, the Trump administration has now put Iran’s chief diplomat on its list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons.

IranSource by Barbara Slavin


Thu, Aug 1, 2019

Slavin in Axios on US sanctions on Iran

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions Iran

Wed, Jul 31, 2019

Duclos quoted in Le Monde on US-Iran tensions

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions French

Wed, Jul 31, 2019

The IRGC should be held accountable for rights abuses

Up until recently, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) was an organization relatively unknown to the American public. However, with the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign on Iran threatening to boil over into actual military confrontation, and the IRGC’s announcements of downing an American drone and seizing oil tankers, the increasing references to this group in the mainstream news and on social media may soon make it a household name.

IranSource by Gissou Nia

Human Rights Iran
Iranian Weapons Materiel on Display at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling

Tue, Jul 30, 2019

Avenues for conflict in the Gulf: A matrix game simulation

Iran faces increasing pressure domestically and internationally, while simultaneously perceiving a historic opportunity to reshape regional dynamics through multiple regional conflicts. This convergence creates conditions that could lead to a strategic shock, and which warrant serious consideration.

Issue Brief by John Watts

Conflict Crisis Management

Mon, Jul 29, 2019

Slavin quoted in the Los Angeles Times on Iranian opposition group MEK

In the News by Barbara Slavin


Mon, Jul 29, 2019

Lebanon is incapable of implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1701

On its thirteen anniversary, UN Security Council Resolution 1701—intended to degrade and disarm the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah—is no closer to fulfilment than on the day it was passed.

IranSource by David Daoud

Iran Israel

Fri, Jul 26, 2019

Slavin quoted in Lobe Log on escalating Iran tensions

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions Iran

Fri, Jul 26, 2019

Under US sanctions, Iran regional influence grows

All US secondary sanctions on Iran’s core economic sectors were re-imposed by the Trump administration in November 2018 as a direct consequence of its withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

IranSource by Kenneth Katzman