Report: ‘Iraq: A road map for recovery’

With support from Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and DT Institute, The Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for Middle East Studies, recently released a report authored by nonresident Senior Fellow, Dr. C. Anthony Pfaff, titled Iraq: A roadmap for recovery

This report not only reflects on the recently convened US-Europe-Iraq Track II Dialogue which began in March of 2020 and continued through virtual venues through December 2020 — it also outlines some of the most important discussions, findings, and recommendations that came from the dialogue. The dialogue brought together experts from the United States, Europe, and Iraq for a series of workshops to identify policies to help address Iraq’s political, socioeconomic, and security challenges. The attendees included a mix of former and current high-level officials and experts, all of whom are committed to a better future for Iraq.

Findings. Iraq faces a range of complex and interrelated challenges across the political, socioeconomic, and security sectors. This report represents the variety of opinions expressed by participants over the course of the five months during which this second round of the dialogue took place. Participants represent different nationalities, backgrounds, experiences, and professional opinions. While they have reached a great deal of agreement on the best path forward for Iraq, individual participants may or may not agree with all of this report’s concepts and recommendations.  

Iraq is a sovereign state with a democratically elected government whose role is to judge what is in the best interest of Iraq and the Iraqi people. No recommendations made in this report seek to undermine that role or to cede Iraq’s sovereignty to any external power. The authors’ hope is that the recommendations will inform the Iraqi government’s own efforts and facilitate development of their own courses of action. 

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NOTE: The report is available in English and Arabic.