This project researches the varied foreign policy interests, influences, and actors inside Iraq.
The project, Iraq on the Regional and International Stage: National Interests and Foreign Policy Determinants and Dynamics, will map how Iraq's relationships with regional and global state powers are formed in order to gain a deeper understanding of the processes underlying Iraq's foreign policy motivations and decisions.
Through primary, in-country research interviewing key figures in Iraqi politics, external interviews, and workshops in Washington DC and London, our research explores how foreign policy in Iraq is developed and implemented. Competing and at times contradictory interests between socio-political blocs in the country continue to shape how and where Iraq positions itself within the international community.
Key themes that will be addressed include identifying key actors and their subsequent agency influencing state foreign policy, the national interests that most guide foreign policy decisions, to what extent Iraq has a coherent foreign policy and how it is formed, and what primary interests will affect Iraq’s foreign policy decisions in the next decade.
The project team comprises Jane Kinninmont, Senior Research Fellow, with Professor Gareth Stansfield, Project Consultant, and Omar Sirri, Research Assistant, in partnership with the United States Institute for Peace. This project is based on an original concept by Professor Gareth Stansfield.
View resources on Iraq ten years after the war.
Previous work has included a flagship conference on Post-American Iraq and the book Britain and the Middle East in the 9/11 Era.
Further Resources on Iraq:
Feature on Iraq Ten Years On
Baghdad Must Not Let Al-Qaeda Win
Hayder al-Khoei, Expert Comment, October 2013
Iraq on the International Stage: Foreign Policy and National Identity in Transition
Programme Report, July 2013
Iraq Ten Years On
Programme Report, May 2013
Iraq's Foreign Policy in a Changing Middle East
Meeting Summary, February 2013
Three Costly Lessons from the Invasion
Charles Tripp, The World Today, February 2013
One Day the World Will Thank Bush for Shaking Up the Arab Region
Nadim Shehadi, The World Today, February 2013
Problems in the Pipeline
Landon Shroder, The World Today, February 2013
Washington Looks Away
Omar Sirri, The World Today, February 2013
Iraqi Foreign Policy: Actors and Processes
Workshop Summary, November 2012
Iraq: Ten Years Without a Ministry of Information
Abir Awad, The World Today, October 2012
Iraq: Searching for Stability in an Unstable Region
Event Transcript and Recordings, June 2012
Iraq's Energy Strategy
Hussain Al-Shahristani, Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister for Energy, Podcast, April 2012
The Arab Uprisings and the International Oil Markets
Paul Stevens, Briefing Paper, February 2012
Iraq: The Unstoppable Force and the Immovable Object
Gareth Stansfield, The World Today, December 2011
Libya's New Era: Lessons from Iraq
Gareth Stansfield, Expert Comment, October 2011
Event Summary and Recordings, March 2010
Britain and the Middle East in the 9/11 Era
Rosemary Hollis, Book, February 2010