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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Fri, Oct 23, 2020

Pfaff in DefenseOne: Want Real Security? Create Better Global Digital Rules and Norms

In the News

Iraq Middle East

Tue, Oct 20, 2020

Renewed calls for demonstrations on October 25 in Iraq come with hurdles

Over the course of the coming weeks, protests will break out with calls for reform. This mass mobilization may witness higher incidents of violence than in October of last year.

MENASource by Raghad Kasim

Iraq Middle East

Thu, Oct 8, 2020

The Shia are a black hole for US policy in the Middle East

The US government's public engagement work has not caught up with the new focus on Iran. In other words, the US lacks virtually any engagement with the Shia body politic.

MENASource by Andrew Peek

Iraq Middle East

Tue, Oct 6, 2020

Fontenrose in The National: Iran could lose out if the US closes its Baghdad embassy

In the News

Iran Iraq

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

Does the United States need an embassy in Baghdad?

Iraq remains a country of great importance to the United States and it would be foolish to deprive Washington of a tool for assessing and hopefully influencing conditions in Iraq.

MENASource by David Mack

Iraq Middle East

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

Five big questions as America votes: Middle East

In every US presidential election since the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Middle East and North Africa has been a top foreign policy issue. The 2020 presidential election is no different.

Elections 2020 by Middle East Programs

Conflict Crisis Management

Wed, Sep 23, 2020

How the Iranian air force turned the tide of the Iran-Iraq war in 1980

In the case of the Iranian armed forces, one must speak of months of prosecution, summary executions, and an almost complete breakdown of the chain of command following the 1979 revolution. Yet, despite all odds, the Artesh chose to fight bravely when the Iraqi army invaded Iran on September 20, 1980.

IranSource by Ali Dadpay and Sina Azodi

Iran Iraq

Tue, Sep 15, 2020

Sistani’s roadmap to the renewal of political legitimacy in Iraq

While his statement can be interpreted as a form of support for the current Iraqi government, this support is not unconditional.

MENASource by Abbas Kadhim

Iraq Middle East

Thu, Sep 10, 2020

Kadhim quoted in AFP on the return of Saddam-era files

In the News

Iraq Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Aug 28, 2020

How attacks on US forces in Iraq became a new normal

The resulting posture of the US in Iraq looks to be a presence concentrated more in the autonomous Kurdistan region—where US forces have never been targeted by rocket attacks—with a very limited presence in Al-Assad base and Baghdad.

MENASource by Seth Frantzman

Iraq Politics & Diplomacy


Wed, Nov 11, 2020

Veterans Day 2020

ONLINE EVENT - "Veterans Day 2020" joins the Atlantic Council's creative energy with the nation's celebration of veterans on this day of remembrance. It features keynote remarks by General David Petraeus, introducing a film adaptation of the stage play "War Words," which depicts true stories of the veterans of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Fri, Oct 30, 2020

Evaluating Iraq’s new White Paper on economic reform

ONLINE EVENT - The Iraqi government's 95-page White Paper was formally approved by Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi’s cabinet on October 13. With more than 200 actionable reform measures, the document offers an ambitious three-year plan for how Iraq’s financial predicament can be reversed.