• Firas Elias | 10 Jun 2020

    How does Iran view the Forthcoming Strategic Dialogue Between Iraq and the US?

    The call by the US Secretary of State Mark Pompeo in April 2020 to hold a constructive strategic dialogue with Iraq in June 2020 with the aim of discussing the future of the US presence in Iraq has revived talk about the future of Iran in that country, especially that the Iranian file will be one of the main files of the strategic dialogue between Washington and Baghdad.

  • EPC | 30 May 2020

    Iraq: Will Pro-Sistani and pro-Iran 'popular mobilization units' Split?

    On 22 April 2020, former Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi signed a decision to dissociate the Holy Shrines factions from the Popular Mobilization Commission (PMC, al-Hashed al-Shaabi) and link them administratively and operationally to the Commander-in Chief of the Armed Forces, that is the Prime Minister himself. With this decision, the conflict between the pro-Iran so-called “loyalist” factions and the factions associated with the religious authority in Najaf would have reached an important stage that could lead to rifts in the PMC.

  • Mohamad Kawas | 13 May 2020

    Iraq after the Formation of Al-Kadhimi’s Government: Opportunities and Expectations

    Mustafa al-Kadhimi has managed to gain the confidence of the Iraqi parliament and became officially Iraq’s Prime Minister. Doubtlessly, this is an important event, not just because others have failed to form a new government since the resignation of former Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, but also because the name of al-Kadhimi, his political and professional background and the circumstances of the formation of his government warrant a deeper reading of the shifts in the regional and international landscapes.

  • Harith Hasan | 16 Feb 2020

    Iraq: Sadr's Position on the Protest Movement and the Nomination of Allawi

    At the beginning of the popular protests which have been sweeping Iraq for months, Shia leader Muqtada Al-Sadr took a hesitant and cautious stance from the protest movement, before publically declaring support to what he called the "revolutionaries," and calling for the resignation of outgoing Prime Adel Abdul-Mahdi. Although Al-Sadr was, in the beginning, wary of expressing an explicit anti-Iranian influence stance, the most obvious shift in his position came to light following the killing of Qasim Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in January this year. After this incident, Al-Sadr’s rhetoric started to approach that of pro-Iran groups and made many references to whom he labeled as “infiltrators” and “saboteurs” among the demonstrators, and urged security forces to deal with those elements.

  • EPC | 12 Jan 2020

    The New Iraqi Elections Act: Features, Failings, and Challenges

    Following a period of intense negotiations between the various political blocs, on December 24, 2019 the Iraqi House of Representatives managed to adopt the new Elections Act. However, both the Kurdish bloc and several Sunni members of parliament boycotted the vote on the contentious parts of the 50-article bill.

  • EPC | 19 Jul 2018

    Prospects for the Continuation of Protests in Southern Iraq

    People in the predominantly Shiite governorates in south and central Iraq took to the streets on July 10, 2018 to protest against power outages, poor services, deteriorating living conditions, rampant unemployment and corruption.