Abbas Kadhim

Director, Iraq Initiative and Senior Fellow, Middle East Programs, Atlantic Council

Abbas Kadhim leads the Iraq Initiative within the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs. He is an Iraq expert and author of Reclaiming Iraq: The 1920 Revolution and the Founding of the Modern State. Most recently, he was a senior foreign policy fellow at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. He was formerly an assistant professor of national security affairs and Middle East studies at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and a visiting assistant professor at Stanford University. He also previously held a senior government affairs position at the Iraqi Embassy in Washington, DC. His books include Governance in the Middle East and North Africa and The Hawza Under Siege: Studies in the Ba’th Party Archive. He earned a PhD in Near Eastern studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

20 Years After the U.S. Invaded: What’s Next for Iraq?

On March 9, AGSIW hosted a discussion reflecting on the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq ahead of the 20th anniversary.

As Failed Government Formation Escalates Into Violence, What’s Next for Iraq?

On Thursday September 8, AGSIW hosted a discussion on the current political crisis in Iraq.

The Long Game in Iraq: Are Shia Clerics and Activists Finding Common Cause To Confront the State?

On June 29, AGSIW hosted a discussion of Geneive Abdo's recent paper examining cooperation between influential Iraqi clerics and civil society activists.