Despite seven months passing from its early parliamentary elections, Iraq has yet to see a new cabinet. The country is witnessing yet another political quagmire that seems to have mired all the main powers in the country
About Kamaran PalaniAn 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. Palani holds a PhD from Leiden University (Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs). Research Interests: Iraqi politics, regional Kurdish politics, de facto statehood in the international system, and violent extremism in the Middle East.
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), a major centre of power in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), has witnessed a significant confrontation between its co-presidents since July 2021, further dispersing power and widening the leadership vacuum in the region
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