Tag Archives | Washington Institute for Near East Policy

The Future of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces

By Michael Knights, Hamdi Malik and Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Honored, Not Contained: The Future of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces Hastily raised when the Islamic State was knocking at […]

Despite Turmoil and Coronavirus, Iraqi Protests Continue

By Azhar Al-Rubaie, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Despite Political Turmoil and Coronavirus, Iraq's Protest Movement Continues With neighboring Iran one of the most severely affected areas of coronavirus, Iraqi authorities are also […]

Giving Iraq's Next Prime Minister Space to Succeed

By Michael Knights, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Giving Iraq's Next Prime Minister Space to Succeed As the next well-qualified, Iraqi-chosen candidate navigates the delicate ratification process, Washington can avoid disrupting his efforts […]

Restructuring the US Military Presence in Iraq

By Eric Bordenkircher, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Pivoting to the KRG: Restructuring the U.S. Military Presence in Iraq Since the start of the Iraq War in 2003, a defining element of American […]

US Interests and the Unsustainable Status Quo in Iraq

By Michael Knights, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. U.S. Interests and the Unsustainable Status Quo in Iraq The unprecedented protests in Iraq underline the reality that Iraq is slowly failing as a state. […]

As Protests Explode, Iraq Must Get Serious about Reform

By Bilal Wahab, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. As Protests Explode, Iraq Must Get Serious About Reform While Washington focuses on getting Baghdad to rein in militias and end its dependency on Iranian energy, […]

Security in Iraq: Location, Location, Location

By Padraig O'Hannelly. Delegates attending CWC's Kirkuk & Mosul Megaprojects conference in London have been told that while Iraq "has never experienced as small a number of security incidents in the post 2003-era as it is now ... there are some parts of Iraq that are experiencing as many incidents as they did in, say, […]

Reshuffling Iraqi Generals: Who Benefits?

By Michael Knights and Alexandre Mello, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Three top commanders have been replaced in northern areas where Iran-backed militias are trying to outmuscle the regular security forces. Washington should find out why. Full report here. (Source: Washington Institute for Near East Policy)

US-Iraq Security Partnership: Avoiding the Pitfalls

A U.S.-Iraq Security Partnership: Avoiding the Pitfalls Just Ahead The dust of last year’s final campaign to destroy the Islamic State “caliphate” had hardly settled before talk of expelling U.S. forces began to circulate in Iraq’s newly seated Council of Representatives (COR), according to a report from The Washington Institute for Near East Policy: "This […]

"Iraq's Energy Future Lies to the North"

By John Lee. A new report from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy says that Iraqi hydrocarbons "will either be exploited by Iran and its allies or used for Iraq's own benefit, transforming the country into an energy export hub between the Gulf states, Turkey, and Europe. The United States has a strong strategic […]

Pentagon Stops Budgeting for Peshmerga Salaries

By Jack Detsch for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The Trump administration’s budget proposal for next fiscal year does not include peshmerga salaries even as the Pentagon aims to continue training the Kurdish force. The Department of Defense had requested $365 million in stipends […]