US-Iraq Relations: A very Mixed Picture

The signing on 6 December of a US-Iraq Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concerning defense cooperation might suggest ties between Washington and Baghdad remain close, but such is not the case. In fact, the two sides have more generally experienced somewhat… Continue Reading  

Urging Caution on Iranian Machinations in Iraqi Politics

I have a short piece up at the excellent website Tehran Bureau, which is housed by PBS’s Frontline. I was a bit concerned when I opened up TB‘s daily round-up to find three articles promoting the view that Muqtada al-Sadr’s… Continue Reading  

Hanna: U.S. View of Iran’s role in Iraq Exaggerated

In yesterday’s Daily Talking Points we covered Michael Hanna‘s Atlantic piece¬†about how the U.S. tends to exaggerate Iranian influence in Iraqi electoral politics. Indeed, with Iran-based Muqtada al-Sadr throwing his support behind Nuri al-Maliki recently, there have been a lot… Continue Reading