Bilal Wahab is the Nathan and Esther K. Wagner Fellow at The Washington Institute.
Articles & Testimony
Much like the Iraqi people are doing, the United States should turn the page on history, engaging on ideas that foster prosperity and enable the relationship’s long-term success.
As America marked the 20th anniversary of its invasion of Iraq last month, Washington was consumed by the same questions that have daunted it for two decades. Yet while Americans are fixated on their past, Iraqis are increasingly focused on their future. Today, Iraqis complain about traffic jams instead of car bombs. Cranes dot skylines of major cities, each of which wants an international airport, revealing Iraqis’ hunger to integrate with the world. With over half its population under 25, the youthful nation has little memory of the previous regime and demands a better life befitting Iraq’s potential and wealth...