Month: February 2023

ISHM: February 16 – 23, 2023

Key Takeaways: Iran’s Foreign Minister Meets Iraqi Leaders; Objections Block Further Discussion Of Election Law Changes – On February 22, Iranian FM Hossein Amir-Abdollahian visited Baghdad and met with PM Sudani, President Rashid, and Speaker Halbousi. Iraqi FM Fuad Hussein said the discussions addressed border security, Iraqi debt associated with… Read more

ISHM: February 9 – 16, 2023

Key Takeaways: Proposed Election Law Changes Raise Strong Objections; U.S. Pledges More Support For Iraq During Talks Focused On Economy, Climate, And Energy – On February 13, Iraq’s parliament discussed proposed amendments to the local election law amid reports about efforts by some Coordination Framework factions to combine the local… Read more

ISHM: February 2 – 9, 2023

Key Takeaways: Lavrov Visits Baghdad; Parliament Removes Diwaniyah Governor; Sudani Visits UAE, His Foreign Minister Arrives In Washington – On February 5, Russian FM Sergei Lavrov, accompanied by representatives of Russian energy firms, visited Baghdad and met with PM Sudani and other Iraqi leaders. Iraqi FM Fuad Hussein said that… Read more

Taking stock of the first 100 days of Iraq’s new government

Originally published by the Middle East Institute — January 31, 2023 In its first 100 days in office, the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed al-Sudani has already left warning signs about what might lie ahead for the country. Although it is still in its early days, government actions have… Read more

ISHM: January 26 – February 2, 2023

Key Takeaways: Iraq, France Sign Partnership Agreements; Arab Foreign Ministers Visit Baghdad; Top Court Sues Deputy Speaker Abdullah – On January 26, PM Sudani met with French President Emmanuel Macron to sign a “strategic partnership” agreement for cooperation on security and defense, the environment, democratic development, and economic cooperation, especially… Read more