Competing interests: The United States, Iraq, and Iraq’s neighbors

On December 5, The New York Times noted that while “Saddam Hussein’s Iraq was a regional menace that sent shudders through its neighbors,” today Iraq finds it difficult to restrain the ambitions of countries that share its borders — particularly as the US prepares to withdraw. The Times notes that this meddling by Iraq’s neighbors “threatens to aggravate the sectarian divisions in the country and undermine efforts by Iraq’s leaders to get beyond bitter rivalries and build a stable government.”

As the US steps down and other countries step up, it is important to understand their intentions. What grand strategies are Iraq’s neighbors pursuing? What is their desired outcome in Iraq? What strategic interests is each country pursuing there? And what will be the impact on the security situation? This presentation addresses these questions.

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