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Online Discussion: The New Government in Iraq: Challenges and Opportunities for Peace and Security

After six months of political deadlock, Iraq’s parliament has finally approved a new government under the leadership of the Prime Minister who happens to be backed by both Tehran and Washington. Mustafa al-Kadhimi, former director of the Iraqi National Intelligence Service is taking over power at the time when the country is faced with a number of immediate crises ranging from economic crisis precipitated by the COVID-19 and oil price drop to mass social unrest and increase in Islamic State’s insurgency in the country. In the midst of all these crises, al-Kadhimi’s government must also find a way to ease tensions between the US and Iran that have put the security of Iraq and the region at great risk. 

With experts from Iraq, Iran, and the US, this timely discussion will go beyond only discussing the socio-economic and security challenges currently facing the country and it focuses on opportunities and prospects of peace and security for Iraq in this new political environment.

The Institute for Peace & Diplomacy (IPD) is delighted to welcome you to a virtual panel discussion moderated by Younes Zangiabadi, Executive Vice-President of the IPD. He will be joined by:

Steve Simon

Senior Research Analyst at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft

Lahib Higel

Senior Analyst for Iraq at the International Crisis Group 

Hassan Ahmadian

Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Tehran

Ali Mamouri

Editor of Iraq Pulse at Al-Monitor

There will be time at the end of the session for Q&A from the online audience as well. Alternatively, you can email your questions in advance to

To watch the full video of the panel discussion, please use the following link: