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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Tue, Jan 19, 2021

Veterans, war, and the arts: A celebration of military service

VETERANS DAY 2020 joined the Atlantic Council’s creative energy with the nation’s celebration of veterans on this day of remembrance. Featuring welcome remarks by Adrienne Arsht and keynote remarks by General David Petraeus, this flagship event introduced a film adaptation of the stage play “War Words,” telling the stories of the veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Event Recap by Olivia Popp

Afghanistan Conflict

Wed, Jan 6, 2021

Gone with the Muhasasa: Iraq’s static budget process, and the loss of financial control

A new Iraq Initiative report, authored by Ahmed Tabaqchali, chief investment officer at AFC Iraq Fund, outlines the inefficiencies inherent in Iraq’s current budget process and recommendations for a revamped, dynamic, and transparent budget mechanism.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Ahmed Tabaqchali

Economy & Business Iraq

Wed, Dec 23, 2020

Kadhim joins PBS News Hour to discuss the impact of the Blackwater pardons

In the News

Iraq Middle East

Mon, Dec 21, 2020

Mulder featured in DOD Reads on “Battlegrounds”

On December 21, Forward Defense senior military fellow Lt Col Christopher Mulder’s book review on H.R. McMaster’s “Battlegrounds” was featured in DOD Reads.

In the News by Atlantic Council

China Cybersecurity

Mon, Dec 14, 2020

Peek in National Interest: Battleground Iraq: The power of Iran’s coalition rests on its Influence in Iraq

In the News

Iran Iraq

Mon, Dec 14, 2020

Iraq’s energy security strategy: A path to diversity and energy independence

A paper co-authored by Dr. Abbas Kadhim, director of the Iraq Initiative at the Atlantic Council, and Dr. Sara Vakhshouri, founder and president of SVB Energy International, outlines immediate and medium-term practical measures to tackle Iraq’s most pressing issues, in its quest to attain energy independence.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Abbas Kadhim and Sara Vakhshouri

Energy & Environment Iraq

Wed, Dec 9, 2020

How the agri-food sector can turn Iraq’s economy around

Amidst Iraq’s economic meltdown, agri-food can play a pivotal role in turning the economy around and putting it back on a sustainable growth track.

MENASource by Hadi Fathallah and Timothy Robertson

Iraq Middle East

Wed, Dec 9, 2020

Working hand-in-glove: A first-hand account of Lloyd Austin’s leadership in Iraq

Lloyd Austin was a great soldier, an inspiring commander to his troops, and a down-to-earth, approachable colleague who we civilians were privileged to work alongside.

New Atlanticist by Marc J. Sievers

Defense Policy Iraq

Tue, Dec 8, 2020

To move forward, US policy on Iraq requires balancing confrontation with Iran

If Washington wants to shape Iranian behavior relative to Iraq—or anywhere for that matter—it has to give Tehran alternatives it can accept.

MENASource by C. Anthony Pfaff

Iran Iraq

Mon, Nov 30, 2020

Warrick joins Newsy to discuss the killing of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

On November 30, Middle East Programs non-resident senior fellow Thomas Warrick gave an interview to Newsy on the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

In the News

Defense Policy Iran
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