Washington, D.C.–The crisis in northern Iraq risks significantly disrupting U.S. policy in the region and comes on the heels of the recent capture of Raqqa in Syria and President Trump’s announcement of a new plan for confronting Iran’s growing power in the Middle East.
Before the situation worsens, BPC’s Task Force on Managing Disorder in the Middle East says the United States can take four steps to help stabilize it:
- Keep the focus on Iran and ISIS, not feuding among allies
- Express firm support for the integrity of the Kurdistan Regional Government within its constitutional borders
- Work with the KRG, Baghdad and possibly Ankara on an equitable regime for all oil exports and distribution of oil income
- Quietly make clear to Baghdad that the United States wants a long-term military presence in Iraq, but if blocked will focus on securing a presence in the KRG
The task force is co-chaired by Eric Edelman, former U.S. ambassador to Turkey, and Jake Sullivan, former director of policy planning, former national security advisor to the Vice President.
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