In May, Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi led the establishment of a new cabinet with the promise of tackling multiple long-standing challenges: balancing tensions among regional and international players, avoiding an economic failure, reining in undisciplined militias, and trying to solve socio-political instability. Yet, none of these issues has been concretely met so far, and amidst a new surge of Covid-19 infections, Iraq seems headed towards a new phase of uncertainty.
What strategies should the new government adopt to endure this crisis and implement successful reforms? What are the new government’s priorities when it comes to foreign policy? What, instead, the main constraints?