Key Challenges for Iraq: A Way Forward for EU and Gulf Involvement

Relations between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states and Iraq have been strained for the past 30 years, ever since Saddam Hussein ordered his forces to invade Kuwait in 1990. However, the election of Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi in 2018 and the eventual establishment of a new Iraqi government in October, has led to a distinct shift in the tenor of this previously tense relationship and, many believe, augurs well for the renewal of stronger and much more positive Gulf-Iraq relations at the same time the European Union (EU) is similarly taking a closer interest in strengthening its involvement in Iraq. 

Angus Taverner examines how of the Gulf states and Europe might seize the opportunities of this moment in order to cement the recent gains in Iraq’s political, economic and security environments while seeking to mitigate the threats and tensions that remain.

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