Iraq is at a critical juncture. In the immediate aftermath of the election, political elites are navigating some surprising results as they seek to secure their place in the government formation process.
Despite waves of public protest in recent years, Iraq’s political system has proven remarkably resilient to reform, and the latest election seems to have done little to indicate any significant deviation from the status quo.
All the while, the extent of most Iraqis’ disillusionment with its politics has been laid bare by a record low turnout, and its roots – systemic corruption, poor provision of basic services and the shadow cast by ongoing international disputes on Iraqi soil – remain unresolved.
At Chatham House’s annual Iraq Initiative Conference, Iraqi and international policymakers, academics, analysts and civil society leaders convene in London and online to discuss recent developments in Iraq’s politics, economy, environment and society, and share insights into what the next year might hold.