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Keep Your Enemies Closer: Iran and the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Dialogue

While the long-term objective of Tehran may well be to expel all great powers from the Middle East, in the short term, Iran benefits from the U.S. presence in Iraq.

A New Iraqi Government and the Future of the Popular Mobilization Forces

On June 10, AGSIW hosted a virtual panel discussion examining the future of the Popular Mobilization Forces and their relationship with the new Iraqi government.

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Iraq’s Electricity Challenges Mount as Oil Revenue Slows to a Trickle

It will take time for the new Iraqi government to formulate its energy policies amid an unprecedented health and economic crisis. But the electricity sector is among the most in need of new investment and rehabilitation.

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The Art of the Possible: Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s Cabinet

Mustafa al-Kadhimi seems to have succeeded where his predecessors mostly failed, forming a Cabinet mainly composed of technocrats, academics, and respected national military figures.

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"The Lesser of Two Evils”: Quds Force Commentary on Iraq’s Prime Minister-Designate

For reasons of self-interest, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force officers are trying to persuade Iran's Iraq allies to support Prime Minister-designate Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

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Iraq: Balancing Party Demands is a Recipe for Paralysis in New Government

Efforts by the prime minister-designate to win parliamentary support cannot come at the expense of articulating coherent policy.

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Are Tehran and a Key Ally Really at Odds Over the Iraqi Prime Minister-Designate?

Tehran and Kataib Hezbollah's conflicting reactions to Prime Minister-designate Mustafa al-Kadhimi reflect a division of labor rather than poor coordination.

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Succession Crisis in Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces

While it took the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps less than 24 hours to replace Major General Qassim Suleimani, Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces is suffering more from its leadership succession woes.

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Tehran's Support for Sectarian Militias Grows Despite the Coronavirus and Economic Crisis

The Iranian government's network of foreign militia groups represents its primary regional power projection and national security tool.

Inherent Uncertainty: The Future of the U.S. Presence as Iraq Confronts Multiple Crises

On April 15, AGSIW hosted a virtual panel discussion analyzing the future of the U.S. military and diplomatic presence in Iraq.

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