The United States and its allies face difficult policy challenges in Iraq after the collapse of the United Nations' weapons-monitoring program. The current sanctions policy and its impact upon Iranian citizens remain under fire from a number of countries and from some forces in the United States. The UN Security Council is currently examining whether to reactivate the weapons inspections and how to assess progress for the eventual goal of reintegrating Iraq into the regional and world community.

The Stanley Foundation is not currently engaged in projects focusing on the Iraq-US bilateral relationship but maintains an interest in the situation.