US strategy to enhance its “soft influence” in Iraq

Strategic Council Online—Editorial: In recent years, Americans have devised and enforced numerous programs and measures to expand and deepen their “software influence” in Iraq. That the US government, in the new round of “security talks” with Baghdad last summer, raised cultural and educational issues and topics related to the youth and families, and describe them as one of the key security talks with Iraq, suggests that the US administration is expanding its “soft and cultural influence” in Iraq in parallel with reducing or managing its military and hardware presence.
Hamid Khoshayand—International affairs analyst