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Stuck in the Middle: Iraq Caught Between the U.S. and Iran
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (L-2) shakes hands with Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani (R-2) during the 21st Nationwide Assembly of the Islamic Revolution Guard. (Pool/Iranian Presidency Press Office/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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Stuck in the Middle: Iraq Caught Between the U.S. and Iran

Hudson Institute will host an event to discuss the role of Iraq as tensions increase between the U.S. and Iran. Panelists will include Iraq Analyst Omar Al-Nidawi, the Arabia Foundation’s Geneive
Abdo, and the Atlantic Council’s Dr. Abbas Kadhim, with Hudson Senior Fellow Michael Pregent moderating.

As tensions continue to mount between the U.S. and Iran, Iraq is stuck in the middle of the escalation. The U.S. recently ordered State Department officials in Iraq to return home amid safety concerns arising from threats from Iranian-influenced actors. This followed a stern warning from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Iraqi leaders that if they are not going to stand with the U.S. against Iran, they should stand aside. Iran’s influence in Iraq is robust and presents significant challenges to U.S. strategic interests in the region.

NOTE: This event is open to the press. All members of the media should RSVP to [email protected]


Geneive Abdo

Resident Scholar, Arabia Foundation

Dr. Abbas Kadhim

Director and Resident Senior Fellow, Iraq Initiative, Atlantic Council

Omar Al-Nidawi

Iraq Analyst

Michael Pregent

Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

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