For the past two years, the Syrian civil war and the tumultuous transitions in Egypt and elsewhere have overshadowed Iraq’s continued struggles. Yet, Iraq is in a critical stage of political and economic development, and its growing potential as a regional lynchpin is threatened by great domestic uncertainty and divisions.
What can Iraq do to turn its internal diversity into an asset for foreign policy rather than a liability? Will the economy remain singularly oil-dependent, or will Iraqis find a way to create a more dynamic private sector that is not subject to the curse of oil wealth? Where is Iraq headed as a nation, and what can next-generation Iraqi leaders do to bridge regional and sectarian divisions?
You can find answers to these and other questions in the pages of the Dialogue Snapshot that resulted from our Istanbul conference, Iraq’s Foreign Policy and Economic Challenges. Click here to read the snapshot.
On our website, you will also find new features on Kazakh-Chinese relations, the Syrian conflict’s regional implications and a review of A History of Modern Iraq that includes an interview with the author, Phebe Marr.