Category: Monitoring the Crisis


Key Takeaways: Kadhimi Visits France Next Month; Constitutional Amendments Committee Reports Progress; Halbousi Targets Sep 26 Election Law Vote; Sadr, PMF Committee Denounce Attacks – On September 18, Iraq’s Foreign Minister said from Paris that PM Kadhimi will visit France next month. On September 18, a presidential adviser said an… Read more


Key Takeaways: Sistani Backs Reforms And Early Elections; Kadhimi Replaces 16 Senior Officials; Security Forces Make Anti-Corruption Arrests – On September 10 – 11, PM Kadhimi met with KRG President Nechirvan Barzani in Erbil for talks, visited Halabja, met with IDPs in Duhok, and inspected Border crossings in Sulaymaniyah. On… Read more


Key Takeaways: Parliament Reconvenes, May Vote On 2020 Budget Next Week; Disagreements Continue Over Electoral Districts; Finance Minister Outlines Economic Problems Before Parliament; Kadhimi Removes Sect From Government Forms – On September 5, Parliament held its first session of the legislative season with only 169 members in attendance, and conducted… Read more


Key Takeaways: Halbousi Urges Kadhimi To Control Militias; Special Committee To Investigate Major Corruption Cases; Sadrists Want To Sack Three Ministers; Macron Visits Baghdad; Judiciary Summons Former Security Ministers Over Protesters’ Deaths – On August 29, the bloc led by Speaker Halbousi urged PM Kadhimi to control “undisciplined” militias, saying… Read more

ISHM: AUGUST 20 – AUGUST 27, 2020

Key Takeaways: Eighteen Diplomatic Missions Condemn Violence Against Activists; Protesters Demand Justice, Attack Party Offices In Dhi-Qar And Basra; New Protests, Clashes In The Kurdistan Region – On August 21, eighteen foreign diplomatic missions to Iraq issued a joint statement condemning the “assassinations and intimidation” targeting Iraqi activists after a… Read more

ISHM: AUGUST 13 – AUGUST 20, 2020

Key Takeaways: U.S.-Iraq Strategic Dialogue Resumes In Washington; Trump Meets Kadhimi, Says U.S. Forces Could Leave Iraq In three Years – On August 19, PM Kadhimi arrived in Washington to meet with President Trump and resume U.S.-Iraq strategic dialogue. Ahead of his departure, Kadhimi met with the leaders of the… Read more

ISHM: AUGUST 6 – AUGUST 13, 2020

Key Takeaways: PM Kadhimi In Washington Next Week; Parties Say Elections In June Will Be Difficult; Former Electricity Minister Under Investigation; Tensions Rise With Turkey After Deadly Raid – On August 8, PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi announced plans to visit Washington and meet President Trump on August 20, where they will… Read more

ISHM: JULY 30 – AUGUST 6, 2020

Key Takeaways: PM Kadhimi Announces Early Elections In June 2021; Senior Officer Sacked After Footage Of Abuse By Security Forces Sparks Outrage; Cabinet Approves New Domestic Violence Bill – On July 31, PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi announced a plan to hold early parliamentary elections on June 6, 2021. Kadhimi urged Parliament… Read more

ISHM: JULY 23 – JULY 30, 2020

Key Takeaways: Iraq Asks Neighbors To Release More Water; Protesters Killed In Violent Crackdown As Electricity Shortages Ignite New Demonstrations; Leading Kurdish Parties To Mend Fences – On July 24, the Iraqi Ministry of Water Resources said Iraqi and Syrian officials were coordinating to put pressure on Turkey for their… Read more

ISHM: JULY 16 – JULY 23, 2020

Key Takeaways: Minister Says Iraq Urgently Needs Water Agreement With Turkey; Finance Minister Leads Delegation To Riyadh; PM Kadhimi Postpones Trip to Saudi Arabia, Visits Iran – On July 16, Iraq’s Minister of Water Resources said Iraq needs to reach an agreement with Turkey about its water projects or the… Read more