Year: 2021


Key Takeaways: Kadhimi Visits Tehran; PMF Reinstate 30,000 Discharged Fighters; Iraq Seeks Help In Recovering Billions In Stolen Funds; IHEC Cracks Down On Voter Card Trade – On September 12, PM Kadhimi arrived in Tehran and co-chaired a meeting with Iran’s Ibrahim Raisi to discuss expanding commerce, Iraq’s water rights… Read more


Key Takeaways: Baghdad And Riyadh Discuss Security Cooperation; UNAMI Outlines Measures To Prevent Electoral Fraud; CENTCOM And Kadhimi Discuss Ending U.S. Combat Presence – On September 4, the Saudi Interior Minister met with PM Kadhimi in Baghdad to discuss security cooperation, especially in counter terrorism, border security, and exchanging expertise.… Read more

Polls Give Iraq’s Reformers the Advantage, the Vote May Be Theirs to Lose

Originally published by Fikra Forum – August 20, 2021 This October will mark the two-year anniversary of Iraq’s Tishreen protest movement that shook the country’s political establishment, bringing down the government of Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi and compelling Baghdad to schedule early parliamentary elections. October is also when those elections… Read more


Key Takeaways: Muqtada Al-Sadr Reverses Decision To Boycott Elections; Baghdad Hosts “Successful” Regional Summit; Kadhimi Pushes Compulsory Service Bill – On August 27, Muqtada al-Sadr reversed his earlier decision to boycott the upcoming October election, citing a letter signed by several political leaders promising to work with him to advance… Read more

ISHM: AUGUST 19 – AUGUST 26, 2021

Key Takeaways: Preparations Continue For August 28 Regional Conference; Kadhimi Visits Kuwait; Sadrists Say Early Election “Unconstitutional”; UNAMI Lauds IHEC’s Preparations – On August 21, Turkey’s Erdogan defended the August 16-17 deadly Turkish airstrikes in Sinjar during a phone call with PM Kadhimi. On August 21, Japan’s Foreign Minister arrived… Read more

ISHM: AUGUST 12 – AUGUST 19, 2021

Key Takeaways: Preparations For Regional Conference Continue; Tension Rises Between Sistani’s Followers And Iran-Backed Militias; Saeroun, Fatah Exchange Jabs Over Election Boycott; Former Air Force Commander Faces Prison – On August 14-15, Iraqi officials invited Qatar and the UAE to attend a regional conference that Baghdad intends to host by… Read more

ISHM: AUGUST 5 – AUGUST 12, 2021

Key Takeaways: Kadhimi Urges Election Boycotters To Reconsider; Baghdad To Host Regional Conference; Protests Escalate Against Raids And Arrests In Nasiriyah – On August 7, PM Kadhimi convened a meeting of Iraqi political leaders, during which Kadhimi insisted on holding the election on time and urged political parties that had… Read more

EPIC’s Field Office Welcomes Summer 2021 Interns

EPIC field office in Iraq welcomes a new cohort of interns – young professionals seeking to add practical experience to their academic backgrounds in humanitarian affairs, international relations, security studies, political science, public relations, and beyond. We are grateful for their contributions to our research, action, and advocacy, and for… Read more

ISHM: JULY 22 – AUGUST 5, 2021

Key Takeaways: Kadhimi In Washington As Strategic Dialogue Resumes; U.S. To End “Combat” Mission By Year End; Kadhimi Says “White Paper” Reforms Will Commence – On July 23, Iraq and the U.S. launched a new round of strategic dialogue talks in Washington D.C., during which the U.S. pledged additional support… Read more

ISHM: JULY 15 – 22, 2021

Key Takeaways: Iraq Announces Arrest Of Analyst Husham Al-Hashimi’s Killers; Kadhimi Meets Biden Next Week; PUK Tensions Subside; Iraqis Rally To End Impunity – On July 16, PM Kadhimi announced the arrest of one of suspects in the July 2020 assassination of prominent political analyst Husham al-Hashimi. The televised confessions… Read more