Kamaran M. Palani

About Kamaran M. Palani

An Associate Fellow at Al Sharq Strategic Research and a Lecturer in International Relations at Salahaddin University-Erbil. Palani is also a Research Fellow at the Middle East Research Institute. He is currently finalizing his PhD study at Leiden University. Research Interests: Iraqi politics, regional Kurdish politics, de facto statehood in the international system, and violent extremism in the Middle East.
9 Jul, 2021

Iraq’s elections: A Vicious Cycle


Kamaran M. Palani | 09 July 2021

This piece considers whether an early election in Iraq will lead to change, or merely reinforce the status quo and current power structure. Considering the key challenges confronting Iraq’s democratic process and genuine popular participation across the country, this piece highlights the ongoing and polarizing public debate in Iraq regarding whether early elections will take place on the planned date of October 10, or their possible postponement to 2022
Iraq’s elections: A Vicious Cycle
2021-07-29T18:22:09+03:00
6 Jan, 2021

Youthful Anger and the Crisis of Legitimacy in Iraqi Kurdistan

Kamaran M. Palani | 06 January 2021 | AR

Youth disillusionment with the heavily politicised system of governance in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) is not new. What is new is that young people’s anger and frustration now present a serious challenge to the KRI’s internal legitimacy
Youthful Anger and the Crisis of Legitimacy in Iraqi Kurdistan2021-01-07T15:03:42+03:00
16 Jan, 2020

Faced with the choice between the USA and Iran, the KRI’s political parties are most likely to side with the USA for the sustainability of the de facto entity.

Kamaran M. Palani | 16 January 2020 | TR | AR

The official position of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) towards the assassination of Qasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis
Faced with the choice between the USA and Iran, the KRI’s political parties are most likely to side with the USA for the sustainability of the de facto entity.2020-12-31T12:57:04+03:00
6 Oct, 2018

The Government Formulation and its Impact on the Shape of the Iraqi State

Kamaran M. Palani | 06 October 2018 | TR | AR

The aim of this brief is to answer the following question: What does the contentious government formation process mean for the future of the Iraqi state and the nature of its politics?
The Government Formulation and its Impact on the Shape of the Iraqi State2020-08-10T19:31:07+03:00
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