Category: Monitoring the Crisis

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

ISHM: January 19 – 26, 2023

Key Takeaways: Federal Court Says Government Payments To KRG Unlawful; Sudani In Paris To Sign “Strategic Partnership” Agreement – On January 25, Iraq’s Federal Supreme Court (FSC) ruled that all money transfers authorized by the Council of Ministers to the KRG since 2021 were against the law. The ruling, related… Read more

ISHM: January 12 – 19, 2023

Key Takeaways: PM Affirms Need For U.S. Forces Presence; U.S. Diplomats Encourage Deal On Energy And Revenue Between Baghdad And KRG; Parliament Reshuffles Committee Assignments – On January 15, PM Sudani told the Wall Street Journal that he was in favor of continued U.S. military presence, arguing that the “elimination… Read more

ISHM: January 1 – 12, 2023

Key Takeaways: Justice Minister Subpoenaed For Alleged Investigation Obstruction; PM Sacks Diwaniyah’s Governor; Sudani Visits Germany – On January 4, an investigation court in Baghdad issued a subpoena for Iraq’s Justice Minister after he allegedly impeded an investigation into suspected corruption in contracts for the provision of food to inmates.… Read more

ISHM: DECEMBER 15 – 22, 2022

Key Takeaways: Regional, European Leaders Voice Support For Iraq’s Stability; Investigation Points To Serious Abuses In Anti-Corruption Campaign – On December 20, PM Sudani attended a summit of regional and European leaders in Jordan that was organized by Iraq and France as a follow-up to the Baghdad Conference, which Baghdad… Read more

ISHM: DECEMBER 8 – 15, 2022

Key Takeaways: Baghdad-Erbil Talks Lead To New Budget Payments; Investigation Into Protesters Death Provides Few Answers – On December 13, in a sign of progress in the talks between Baghdad and Erbil, the federal government decided to release IQD400 billion to the KRG to pay the salaries of public servants… Read more

ISHM: DECEMBER 1 – 8, 2022

Key Takeaways: Deadly Protests Erupt After Activist Receives Prison Sentence For “Insulting” Militias – On December 7, three civilians were killed and more than a dozen people were injured, some by live bullets, during clashes between protesters and security forces in Nasiriyah. The latest protests erupted after authorities arrested several… Read more


Key Takeaways: Sudani Visits Regional Capitals; Senior Intelligence Officials Fired, Charged With Corruption; Ruling Coalition To Dismiss Early Election Plans – Between November 21 – 29, PM Sudani traveled to Amman, Kuwait City, and Tehran, for meetings with regional leaders. His meetings in Amman focused on counterterrorism and other bilateral… Read more

ISHM: NOVEMBER 10 – 17, 2022

Key Takeaways: Sudani Shakes Up Iraq’s Integrity Committee; Qaani Advises Against Purging Sadrists From Government – On November 13, PM Mohammed al-Sudani removed judge Alaa Jawad al-Saidi from his position as head of the Integrity Commission and appointed judge Haider Hanoun as acting head of the country’s anti-corruption body. Sudani… Read more

ISHM: NOVEMBER 3 – 10, 2022

Key Takeaways: PM Sudani Takes Over Key Intelligence Post Sought By Militias; PUK Speaks Of Putting An End To KDP Power Monopoly – On November 6, PM Sudani announced that he will personally oversee the operations of the Iraqi National Intelligence Service. The announcement came amid unconfirmed reports that two… Read more