Senior Analyst and Program Head, Human Security Unit
Caroline Rose is a Senior Analyst and Head of the Strategic Vacuums program in the Human Security unit at the Newlines Institute.
Prior to joining the Newlines Institute, Caroline served as an analyst at the forecasting firm and publication, Geopolitical Futures, where she worked on political, economic, and defense developments in the Middle East and Europe with a focus on the Eastern Mediterranean and the Levant. She is also the author of a special report on the illicit drug trade, Captagon, in Syria and Lebanon, a culmination of her work as Research Associate for the LSE International Drug Policy Unit’s Middle East Initiative. Her commentary and work on geopolitics and Middle Eastern affairs have been featured in Foreign Policy, The Independent, Alhurra, Limes Magazine, and the Atlantic Council’s MENASource.
Caroline holds a Masters of Science in International History from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a Bachelors of Arts from the American University’s School of International Service.
This Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy podcast reviews the unfolding military escalation on the Russian-Ukrainian border, as Russian forces
The Biden administration should draft a country-specific policy for Iraq, where addressing Iranian influence is an objective but not the defining imperative. U.S. Iraq policy should include a diverse array of opportunities beyond the realm of defense to boost Iraqi autonomy.
The rocket attacks in Iraqi Kurdistan’s capital, likely by elements from within the Iran-aligned Iraqi Shiite militia nexus, are an opportunity for Washington to recognize it is without a policy, let alone a long-term strategy, in Iraq.
After just four months in office, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi is already struggling under the weight of internal and external pressures. With Iran wanting to increase its sway over Baghdad and the United States using sanction threats to try to curb Tehran’s already outsized influence, Kadhimi has taken shortsighted measures to try in vain to placate both sides. Whether or not Kadhimi’s government survives the current economic, security, and health crises facing the country, one thing is clear: U.S. policy regarding Iraq needs to change.