Rasha Al Aqeedi
Senior Analyst and Program Head, Human Security Unit
Rasha is a Senior Analyst and the Head of the Nonstate Actors program in the Human Security Unit at the Newlines Institute. Prior to joining the Newlines Institute, Rasha was the editor in charge of “Irfaa Sawtak,” a U.S.-based platform that offers insights into post-conflict communities in Iraq and Syria through personal digital storytelling, essays, and photo collections.
Rasha has served as a fellow researcher at Foreign Policy Research Institute and George Washington University’s Program on Extremism. Before relocating to the United States, Rasha was on the editorial board at Al Mesbar Research and Studies Center in Dubai where she served as a researcher and security consultant.
Her commentary and publications focus on armed groups, radicalization, Middle Eastern geopolitics, and contemporary Iraqi politics and society. Her work has been featured in The Atlantic, The Independent, The National, The New York Times, and The American Interest.
She is an alum of the University of Mosul and holds a Masters of Arts in Translation and Linguistics. She tweets at @RashaAlAqeedi.
In this special Newlines Institute Contours podcast, Iraq experts Rasha Al-Aqeedi, Caroline Rose, and Contours host Nicholas Heras discuss Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s visit to Washington to meet President Joe Biden and what al-Kadhimi’s trip means for the dynamics inside Iraq and for U.S policy on Iraq.
The Jordanian monarchy’s social contract with its population is fraying, leading to protests and discontent among youths, and a rumored recent coup attempt has seen King Abdullah II quickly moving to solidify his control over the country. With Jordan poised to become an even more important U.S. ally in an unstable region, its future stability will likely depend on domestic reforms and external assistance from benefactors such as the U.S.
The terrorism landscape over the next two to three years will become more diverse and more fragmented. with actors being empowered by advances in emerging technologies.
The United States is attempting to complete its military withdrawal from Afghanistan while preventing the Taliban from eroding the progress the U.S. spent nearly 20 years and approximately $1 trillion to create. This process is likely to involve using military, financial, and political tools to establish some semblance of a balance of power between the Taliban and the government in Kabul. Our senior analysts weigh in on how the Biden administration should approach this fragile situation.