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September 6, 2022
 Iraqi security forces fire tear gas on the followers of Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr inside the government palace, Baghdad, Iraq, Aug. 29. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
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Upcoming Events
As Failed Government Formation Escalates Into Violence, What’s Next for Iraq?
Thursday September 8 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT | Online

On September 8, AGSIW will host a discussion with Lahib Higel, Abbas Kadhim, and Ambassador Rend Al-Rahim on the current political crisis in Iraq. Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman will moderate the discussion.
China-Gulf Initiative: Evolving Chinese Demand for Gulf Energy and Geopolitical Implications
Thursday September 15 | 10:30 - 11:30 am EDT | Online

On September 15, as part of the China-Gulf Initiative, AGSIW will host a discussion with Ben Cahill, Kate Dourian, and Ed Morse examining energy relations between China and the Gulf states. Robert Mogielnicki will moderate the discussion.
 Supporters of Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr demonstrate on the grounds of the Government Palace in Baghdad, Iraq, August 29. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
AP Photo/Hadi Mizban
Empowered by His Missteps, Shia Rivals Force Sadr to Back Down – For Now
  Yerevan Saeed

Rivals’ use of force to counter Muqtada al-Sadr’s escalation in the Green Zone forces him to end demonstrations in Parliament, but Iraq’s political impasse continues.
Oman and the Power of Music as a Cultural Diplomacy Tool
  Sharifah Alhinai via Millennial Gulf

The Omani hit song “Amatiyah” is promoting Omani culture and heritage to a global audience.
Sadr Couldn’t Master Iraq’s Democracy So Now He May Crush It
  Hussein Ibish via Bloomberg

The Shia leader ended the deadly rioting in Baghdad's Green Zone, but his shortcomings as both a cleric and politician have culminated in disaster.
Big Deal or Not? Opposing Assessments of Economic Impact of the Nuclear Deal

The August 30 edition of the Iran Media Review evaluates different perspectives on the potential economic impact of reviving the JCPOA.
Iraq’s Muqtada, Iran’s Frankenstein

The August 31 edition of the Iran Media Review considers reactions by Iran’s state-censored media to Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's announcement that he is leaving politics.
Who Is In Charge of Iran’s Afghanistan Policy?

The September 2 edition of the Iran Media Review considers the struggle between the Foreign Ministry and IRGC over conducting foreign policy.
IRGC Navy Warns Arab States Against Cooperation With Israel

The September 6 edition of the Iran Media Review considers threats around an Israeli naval presence in the region.
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