and Anthony Cordesman
On April 7, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for a “Strategic Dialogue” between the United States and Iraq on the future of the bilateral relationship. The dialogue, meant to be a series of meetings between high-level U.S. and Iraqi officials, is intended to put all aspects of the U.S.-Iraqi relationship on the table.
The new Prime Minister of Iraq—Mustafa alKadhemi—has finally proven to be the nominee who has made it to the finish line and formed the 7th Iraqi government after the 2003 regime change. But even with the warm welcome both inside and outside of Iraq, the path for the new government is riddled with challenges and difficulties that must soon be overcome to put Iraq back on track.