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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, Dec 5, 2019

Kadhim quoted in Financial Times on replacing Iraqi prime minister

In the News by Atlantic Council

Corruption Elections

Wed, Dec 4, 2019

Kadhim quoted in Al Jazeera on Muhasasa, the political system reviled by Iraqi protesters

In the News by Atlantic Council

Corruption Elections

Mon, Dec 2, 2019

Iraqi prime minister’s resignation: Lessons for the United States and Iran

The current crisis has important lessons for both United States and Iranian policymakers as they consider what relationship they want to have with Iraq: not just the Iraqi political class, but the Iraqis in the street, who represent—in some cases more closely than the Iraqi political class in Baghdad—the 80 percent of Iraqis who are under forty years old.

New Atlanticist by Thomas S. Warrick

Democratic Transitions Iraq

Mon, Dec 2, 2019

The Iraqi prime minister’s resignation: A way ahead for the United States

Iraq’s Prime Minister, Adil Abdul-Mahdi, should be feeling a great sense of relief. Since mid-October, media outlets have reported his intent to resign amid violent protests that have engulfed much of Iraq. His resignation should be no surprise. Since the fall of Saddam, Iraq has a history of picking leaders who do not pose a […]

MENASource by C. Anthony Pfaff

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Mon, Dec 2, 2019

Protests challenge Iran’s future position in Iraq

Ongoing violent protests in Iraq have shaken the fragile stability of the country, as well as Iran’s carefully constructed geopolitical strategy for its neighbor and historic rival.

IranSource by Robert Czulda

Economy & Business Energy & Environment

Sun, Dec 1, 2019

Kadhim quoted in The Washington Times on the resignation of Iraqi prime minister

In the News by Atlantic Council

Conflict Corruption

Sun, Dec 1, 2019

Kadhim quoted in the Wall Street Journal on Iraqi protests and Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi’s resignation

In the News by Atlantic Council

Corruption Crisis Management

Sat, Nov 30, 2019

The challenges Iraq faces after prime minister’s resignation

The news on November 29 that Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi will resign is unprecedented in post-2003 Iraq. Many questions must be answered before his successor is appointed, and in the meantime, we can expect unrest to continue.

MENASource by Abbas Kadhim

Democratic Transitions Iraq

Thu, Nov 28, 2019

Kadhim quoted in L’Orient Le Jour on corruption in Iraq

In the News by Atlantic Council

Conflict Corruption

Tue, Nov 26, 2019

Cohen in Forbes: Making History: U.S. Exports More Petroleum Than It Imports In September and October

In the News by Atlantic Council

Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance