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This profile was last updated on 9/30/14  and contains information from public web pages.

Iraq Expert

Local Address:  Washington , United States
Atlantic Council

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Non-Resident Fellow
    Atlantic Council
  • Adjunct Fellow
    Iraq Institute for Strategic Studies
  • Ddjunct Fellow
    Iraq Institute for Strategic Studies


  • M.A. , international relations
    University of Chicago
  • B.A. , political science
    Ohio State University
85 Total References
Web References
Tough road ahead for Iraq leader al-Abadi; must unify divided country, 30 Sept 2014 [cached]
"Al-Abadi will have a hard time achieving anything because he'll likely be forced to play defense most of the time," said Ramzy Mardini, an Iraq expert with the Atlantic Council.
By Ramzy Mardini, ..., 1 Sept 2014 [cached]
By Ramzy Mardini, Washington Post.
Ramzy Mardini is a nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East.
"There is the risk that federalism ..., 27 Sept 2014 [cached]
"There is the risk that federalism may eventually lead to secessionism," said Ramzy Mardini, an Iraq expert at the Washington-based Atlantic Council.
"Unfortunately for al-Maliki, the scope ..., 13 Feb 2014 [cached]
"Unfortunately for al-Maliki, the scope and depth of cooperation he will receive from Sunni tribal leaders will be limited because Sunni threat perceptions are caught between al-Qaida and his Shiite-dominated government," said Ramzy Mardini, a Mideast expert at the Washington-based Atlantic Council think tank.
"It will help and hurt" the ..., 12 July 2014 [cached]
"It will help and hurt" the Islamic State, says Ramzy Mardini, a non-resident fellow at the Washington-based Atlantic Council. Declaring a caliphate "creates uncertainty for the Sunnis that backed" the group, he says. Mardini points out that IS arrived in Mosul in early June with a limited force of around 2,000 fighters. They were prepared to spring prisoners from the jails. They didn't expect the Iraqi army to collapse so quickly.
"They weren't prepared to take over a city of 2 million people," he says.
The caliphate, with deep religious symbolism that harkens back to the early days of Islam, is a recruiting bid to a wider audience, says Mardini.
They need new blood," says Mardini.
There is no incentive, says Ramzy Mardini, as long as Maliki is still a contender for a third term in office. Iraq's Sunnis are not yet willing to "take their foot off the accelerator," he says.
The Sunnis believe undercutting IS now would lift the pressure on Baghdad.
But the longer IS remains unchallenged, the stronger is is likely to become, says Mardini.
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