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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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Thu, Aug 19, 2021

ISIS is defeated. What becomes of the ‘Cubs of the Caliphate’ in Iraq?

In the aftermath of sanctions, three wars, and continued violence, Iraq’s infrastructure and established child services networks remain debilitated. The reintegration of child soldiers is an extensive and long-term project that demands more than Iraqi institutions can give.

MENASource by Heba Malik

Iraq Middle East

Tue, Aug 3, 2021

Event Recap: A conversation with Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Ali Allawi

On July 28, the Iraq Initiative hosted an event with H.E. Ali Allawi, Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, to discuss the Iraqi delegation visit to the United States, the White Paper for Economic Reforms, and Iraqi economic and political developments.

Event Recap by Hezha Barzani

Iraq Middle East

Mon, Aug 2, 2021

NAEI in Inkstick: Adults in a Room

On August 2, Inkstick Media published a new Adults in a Room series article in collaboration with NAEI. The topic of this month’s installment was “the announcement by the Biden administration that it would be ending combat operations in Iraq, in addition to the full withdrawal from Afghanistan, signals a new era for US foreign […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Iraq

Wed, Jul 28, 2021

Fontenrose quoted in The Manoment Current on the withdrawal of US troops in Iraq

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Policy Iraq

Wed, Jul 28, 2021

The security of defense trade with allies: Enhancing contact, contracts, and control in supply chains

The COVID-19 pandemic and a wave of "Buy American" policies have cast doubt on the ability of foreign suppliers to provide crucial defense goods and services to the US Department of Defense in times of crisis or conflict. Forward Defense Nonresident Senior Fellow James Hasik recommends the expansion of security of supply agreements (among other measures) to fully leverage the defense-industrial bases of US allies and partners and best support US security priorities.

Issue Brief by James Hasik

Defense Industry Defense Policy

Tue, Jul 27, 2021

Slavin quoted in VOA Russia on the withdrawal of American troops in Iraq

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Industry Defense Policy

Mon, Jul 26, 2021

FAST THINKING: Is the Iraq War over… again?

As the US military formally transitions to an advisory role with Iraqi forces, what’s next for the fights against ISIS and Iran-backed militias? Will anything really change? Our Iraq experts weigh in.

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Conflict Defense Policy

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

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