Iraq's next steps

June 05, 2018
Iraq votes

These Iraqis' ink stained fingers show that they voted in the elections. 

Iraq's next steps

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June 05, 2018

In May, Iraqis went to the polls to elect a new national parliament. It was the first election since the defeat of ISIS in Iraq. And in a surprise turn, a coalition led by controversial cleric Muqtada al-Sadr — a staunch opponent of both US and Iranian influence in Iraq — won the most seats.

How will this shape the next phase of Iraqi politics? And what will this mean for the US?

We explored these questions in our town hall discussion at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC.

Featuring Ken Pollack (American Enterprise Institute), Denise Natali (National Defense University), and Sarhang Hamasaeed (USIP). 

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