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Iraq has a New Prime Minister. What next?

By Ranj Alaadin, for Brookings Institution. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq has a new prime minister. What next? Iraq has a new prime minister-designate, almost three weeks after the previous nominee - Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi - failed to secure parliamentary […]

Iraq and the Conflict between US and Iran

By Vanda Felbab-Brown, for Brookings Institution. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Stuck in the middle: Iraq and the enduring conflict between United States and Iran When the United States killed Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani on January 3, it also killed Abu […]

How Donald Trump thinks about Iran

By Thomas Wright, for Brookings Institution. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. On October 6, 1980 Donald Trump was interviewed by Rona Barrett, one of America’s most famous gossip columnists, on NBC. It was several weeks before Ronald Reagan defeated Jimmy Carter […]

Is change likely in Iraq?

By Daniel L Byman, for Brookings Institution. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq is facing serious unrest that is likely to force limited reforms in the political system but not wholesale change. The current Iraqi power structure, with Iranian support, will […]

Getting Reconstruction Right and Wrong: Lessons from Iraq

By Hideki Matsunaga, for Brookings Institution. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Bitter experiences of reconstruction in the last two decades have made the international community hesitant to engage in robust reconstruction activities. Iraq’s reconstruction after the United States-led invasion in 2003 […]

How US-Iran Tensions could Disrupt Iraq’s Peace

By Ranj Alaadin, Brookings Institution. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. How US-Iran tensions could disrupt Iraq’s fragile peace Tensions between the United States and Iran are escalating rapidly, particularly since U.S. warships were dispatched in response to reported threats against U.S. […]

Do Iraqi Social Programs improve Life Satisfaction?

Do social protection programs improve life satisfaction? Evidence from Iraq An extensive literature examines the link between social protection-related public spending and objective outcomes of well-being such as income, employment, education, and health. Much less attention has been given to how government social protection policies influence individuals’ own sense of well-being, particularly in low- and […]

Sectarianism, Governance, and Iraq’s Future

By Ranj Alaaldin. The June 2014 takeover of Mosul by the Islamic State group (ISIS) was described as an existential threat to the Iraqi state and the post-2003 political order. Yet, its emergence was only a symptom of a broader series of crises that had engulfed Iraq over the past decade. While militant groups dominate […]

Can Iraq’s new Leadership Win (and Keep) the Peace?

By Ranj Alaaldin. Iraq now has a new government in place, six months after holding elections against a backdrop of a long period of political instability and social unrest. With the new leadership of Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi and President Barham Salih—both widely touted as reformist, progressive, and Western-leaning—there are high hopes that the […]

Internet Shutdowns Cost Iraq $40m/day

By John Lee. An Iraqi government block on internet access is reportedly costing the country $40 million per day in lost business, sales and opportunities. The estimate is from the COST tool, based on the Brookings Institution economic impact methodology for internet shutdowns, using data collected by the NetBlocks internet shutdown observatory in collaboration with […]