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The project, Iraq on the Regional and International Stage: National Interests and Foreign Policy Determinants and Dynamics, researched the varied foreign policy interests, influences, and actors inside Iraq. By mapping how Iraq's relationships with regional and global state powers are formed the project highlighted 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 explored 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 addressed in the research 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 was implemented in partnership with the United States Institute for Peace. This project was 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: 

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

Post-American Iraq
Event Summary and Recordings, March 2010

Britain and the Middle East in the 9/11 Era
Rosemary Hollis, Book, February 2010

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