The Iraq Initiative provides transatlantic and regional policy makers with unique perspectives and analysis on the ongoing challenges and opportunities facing Iraq as the country tries to build an inclusive political system, attract economic investment, and encourage a vibrant civil society.

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Mon, Jul 26, 2021

An “illiterate generation”—one of Iraq’s untold pandemic stories

The devastating impacts of COVID-19, coupled with years of spillover effects of violent conflict and extremism, have already proved to be detrimental to students whose education and future career ambitions already receive limited attention.

MENASource by Hezha Barzani

Education Iraq

Thu, Jul 15, 2021

Kadhim quoted in The New Arab on diversifying American aid to Iraq

In the News by Atlantic Council

Human Rights International Norms

Tue, Jun 29, 2021

Ashford in Reuters: Undeclared conflict? America’s battles with Iran-backed militia escalate, again

On June 29, Emma Ashford was quoted in Reuters on US strikes against the Iran-backed militias in Syria and Iraq. “A lot of people suggest that the term ‘forever war’ is just emotive, but it’s actually a decent descriptor of the kind of strike we saw again (Sunday): no strategic goal, no endpoint in sight, […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Policy English

Tue, Jun 29, 2021

Slavin joined VOA Russian to discuss the latest US strikes in Syria and Iraq

In the News by Atlantic Council

Conflict Crisis Management

Mon, Jun 28, 2021

FAST THINKING: What Biden’s airstrikes left behind

What does this mean for the future of drone warfare and the US military presence in Iraq? Our experts sort through the fallout.

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Conflict Iran

Fri, Jun 25, 2021

Schultz in War on the Rocks reviewing new memoir on the plight of US interpreters in Iraq

On June 25, Forward Defense Nonresident Senior Fellow Tammy S. Schultz published a book review with Noah Ramsey in War on the Rocks titled “Interpreters on the run: Baghdad underground railroad.” Schultz, the Director of National Security and Professor of Strategic Studies at the US Marine Corps War College, reviews Steve Miska’s book, Baghdad Underground […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Iraq Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

Fri, Jun 25, 2021

Under a Raisi presidency, ties with Iraq will still matter

For Baghdad, it will be essential to maintain friendly relations with the new Iranian administration and its other neighbors.

MENASource by Abbas Kadhim, Masoud Mostajabi

Iran Iraq

Mon, Jun 14, 2021

Kadhim joins Dearborn Blog to discuss the Great Iraqi Revolt of 1920 and the formation of the state of Iraq hereafter

In the News by Atlantic Council

Democratic Transitions Iraq

Wed, Jun 9, 2021

Slavin quoted in Tehran Times on how reviving the JCPOA can cool tensions in West Asia

In the News by Atlantic Council

Elections Iran

Mon, May 10, 2021

Europe needs to take a lead on Iraq

In a new report Dr. Christian Koch argues that Europe has already invested in Iraq’s stability and, going forward, should lead in policy areas demanding immediate and continued attention. Deliberate policy coordination and a European willingness to significantly increase its burden-sharing would be a tangible contribution to the Biden administration’s stated goal of rebuilding alliances and partnerships.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Christian Koch

European Union Iraq