Moves to ease tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran are already creating ripple effects across the region.
Massaab Al-Aloosy is a researcher focusing on Iraq, Iran, and Shia nonstate armed groups. He holds a PhD from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and is the author of The Changing Ideology of Hezbollah, Palgrave 2020.
Since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, Iraq has become a transit country for drug cartels. And as social conditions in Iraq have deteriorated, drug addiction among Iraqis has increased.
The Iraqi government’s failure to invest in human capital and reconstruction has left the country unprepared for the current rate of population growth.
Iraq’s new government will have its work cut out for it in addressing the water crisis. But time will not be on its side.