On March 14, 2022, IRIS hosted a panel discussion addressing the obstacles and potential pathways to government formation in Iraq. The session featured Lahib Higel of the International Crisis Group as well as Dr Mac Skelton and Dr Zmkan Saleem of IRIS. Issues discussed included: Is it possible for the parties to reach a deal in the coming months, or will the deadlock continue indefinitely? What are the short-term and long-term implications of the new domestic political alliances? How are regional and international actors shaping the government formation process? How does the ongoing stalemate impact the lives of ordinary Iraqi citizens? The full video is included below.