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WSJ seeks a reporter to cover Iraq and Middle East affairs

December 21, 2021

Posted by Chris Roush

The Wall Street Journal is looking for a reporter to cover Iraq and regional politics in the Middle East. This exciting job will take you into the heart and soul of a diverse and divided country with a rich history dating back to the beginning of civilization.

Today, Iraq stands at crossroads, split between factions that would bring it closer to Iran and those who would forge a more independent future. Almost two decades after the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, Iraq is an increasingly shaky pillar of American security policy, with continued pressure on Washington to wind down its troop presence. At the same time, Iraq is trying to rebuild after its war with Islamic State and is suffering from a water crisis exacerbated by climate change. By all accounts, corruption undergirds the political and financial system.

The role also has a significant regional component. Baghdad is also playing an increasingly visible role in trying to cool down tensions between regional rivals, hosting talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran, for instance. Iran is closely aligned with Iraqi militias, opening a window onto Tehran’s attempts to influence its neighbors with proxies.

You should have at least five years of experience in the region. You must have the ability to help the bureau chief manage a team of Iraqi staff.

To apply, go here.

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