Strategic Dialogue with Iraq:

Implications for U.S. Interests and Middle East Security

Please join JINSA on Thursday for an off-the-record briefing from Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Joey Hood about the outcome of this week’s latest strategic dialogue with Iraq and its implications for U.S. interests and security in the Middle East.

On April 7, amid continued operations against the Islamic State, recent attacks against U.S. troops by Iran-backed militias, and the withdrawal of some U.S. forces from the Middle East, the Biden administration will begin its first strategic dialogue with Iraq. This process, which first began in June 2020 under the Trump administration, will be an opportunity for Washington and Baghdad to discuss America’s military presence as well as other political, economic, and security issues of mutual concern. Its outcome could impact whether U.S. forces remain deployed to Iraq as well as Baghdad’s ability to rein in Iranian influence and fulfill its citizens expectations for effective governance.

Thursday, April 8
3:00pm EDT


This webinar is off-the-record and closed to press.

This invitation is non-transferable.

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Joey Hood

Joey Hood is the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. Mr. Hood has spent most of his career working in the Middle East, and particularly on the Arabian Peninsula. He has served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Iraq and in Kuwait, as well as Consul General and Principal Officer in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Prior to these assignments, Mr. Hood was Acting Director of the Office of Iranian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

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Blaise Misztal

BlaiseMisztalis the Vice President for Policy at JINSA. His research interests include Iran and its nuclear program, U.S.-Turkey relations, countering extremism, and strategic competition.

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