Amid Iraq’s months-long ongoing government formation crisis since the 1 October 2021 general elections, the Iraqi parliament has recently passed a law that criminalizes relations with Israel. Although the law at first glance seems to have covered up the political dead-lock and gathered all the rival groups in support of the law, it is in fact in closely related to the both domestic and regional relations surrounding Iraq
About Mehmet AlacaMehmet Alaca is an academic researcher focusing on Iraq, regional Kurdish politics, and Shi’a militias in the Middle East. He is currently an Ankara-based diplomatic correspondent and a non-resident fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (ORSAM). Mehmet holds an MA from the Department of Politics and International Relations of the Middle East at Exeter University in the United Kingdom. Twitter: @mehmtalaca
After Lebanese Elections: Another loss for Iran?
Mehmet Alaca Bekir Aydogan | 17 June 2022
Will Electoral Defeats in Lebanon and Iraq truly harm Iranian regional interests?
After Lebanese Elections: Another loss for Iran? what stands next for lebanon after key elections Suffering a deep economic crisis with 80 percent of its population living below the poverty line, only 41 percent [...]
Will Electoral Defeats in Lebanon and Iraq truly harm Iranian regional interests?Mehmet Alaca2022-06-22T12:14:35+03:00
Ethnic and religious minorities are given official quotas both in Iraqi and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) parliaments. While the given quotas are limited to certain numbers, some of the minorities do not have any quotas
Book review: Marc Lynch, The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East
Mehmet Alaca | 02 March 2021
Public Affairs: New York, 2016, 304 pp
Specifically, the book discusses the roots, trajectories, and consequences of the Arab uprisings for the region. It consists of nine chapters that focus on the greater region, from Tunisia and Egypt to the unrelieved chaos in Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Yemen
Public Affairs: New York, 2016, 304 ppMehmet Alaca2022-04-26T10:57:09+03:00