The Reformation of Iraq’s Foreign Relations: New Elites and Enduring Legacies

Iraq has not enjoyed regular foreign relations since 2003, and arguably for several years before, argues Gareth Stansfield in a report for Chatham House.

Looking ahead, Iraq is now in a position to develop its foreign relations fully, yet how these relations will be constructed remains unclear.

As with all states, Iraq’s foreign policy remains conditioned by geopolitical factors – and in particular control of resources, access to waterways, and its geographical location between the Arab world, Turkey, and Iran.

With the removal of the structures of the Ba’athist regime and the emergence of new political elites under the guidance of the US, Iraq’s foreign relations are now clearly different, yet some of the patterns of the past still remain very much in place.

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