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The Future Role of the Hashd al-Shaabi in Iraq

KAS and Maison du Futur publish policy paper on the Shia militias in Iraq

The Shia militias of Iraq, known as the Hashd al-Shaabi, have now been institutionalized as a permanent security force under the Iraqi state, and with upcoming elections, these militias are positioned to emerge as key political influencers. In her guest contribution published by KAS and Maison du Futur, Kari Frentzel examines the formation and composition of these militias and their ties to the Iraqi state, and argues that the Hashd will remain an autonomous actor that will exacerbate political tensions and increase Iranian influence in Iraqi politics in the post-ISIS period.