In light of the last episode’s updates on protests in Lebanon, Phil and Cooper talk about the demonstrations that have been accelerating in Iraq over the past several weeks. Iraqis are angry as the government’s been dragging its feet on providing basic social services, corruption is rampant, and unemployment and poverty are staggering. But Iraq’s leaders are digging in their heels while security forces use violence against the protesters. What makes these protests unique? And what role is Iran playing in all of this? Dr. Renad Mansour, who serves the project director of the Iraq Initiative at Chatham House, joins the podcast to give his analysis and first-hand accounts of the protests.

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