Cogent Strategies has inked a $200K contract to provide PR services in the US for the Government of Iraq.

The one-year contract went into effect on Jan. 1.

The DC-based firm will develop messaging to advance Iraq’s priorities, conduct press relations/monitoring, handle digital outreach and provide media training for ambassador Fareed Yasseen.

Cogent managing director Will Bohlen and John Anderson are responsible for the Iraq work.

Anderson is a longtime foreign correspondent for the Washington Post and editor of Politico magazine. He spent 16 years as WaPo’s bureau chief in Mexico City, Paris, Istanbul, New Delhi and Jerusalem and covered conflicts/peacekeeping missions in Kosovo, Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bohlen was strategic communications chief for the German Marshall Fund and spokesperson for its 150-member policy institute, which has a presence in Germany, France, Belgium, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Turkey.

Kimberley Fritts launched Cogent Strategies in 2017 following the implosion of Podesta Group, where she was CEO.