21 Jan, 2022

The Dangers and Implications of a Probable Full US Withdrawal from Iraq

Zubir R Ahmed Nawzad Abdullah | 21 January 2022

Strategic dialogue between Iraq and the US (United States) came to the conclusion that coalition troops should be withdrawn on 31 December 2021, with the coalition’s mission becoming a purely advisory role
The Dangers and Implications of a Probable Full US Withdrawal from Iraq2022-01-25T16:33:12+03:00
27 Dec, 2021

Intra-PUK rivalry and its Implications for the Iraqi Kurdish Political Landscape

Kamaran M. Palani Khogir W. Mohammed | 27 December 2021 | TR

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
Intra-PUK rivalry and its Implications for the Iraqi Kurdish Political Landscape2022-01-14T17:06:54+03:00
14 Sep, 2021

The Bagdad Conference: Preparation for U.S. Withdrawal or the Brokering of a New Regional Balance?

Zubir R Ahmed | 14 September 2021 | TR

Early August 2021, the Mustafa al-Kadhimi government announced the “Iraqi Neighboring Countries Conference,” designed to focus on regional challenges and ways to overcome them. The conference, held on August 28, 2021, was initially aimed at hosting Iraq’s neighbors, particularly Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Jordan
The Bagdad Conference: Preparation for U.S. Withdrawal or the Brokering of a New Regional Balance?2021-09-23T17:06:41+03:00
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
22 Apr, 2021

Examining the Islamic State’s Resurgence in Iraq and Syria

Mohammed Sinan Siyech | 22 April 2021 | TR | AR

The Islamic State has gradually ramped up its attacks in Syria and Iraq since the mid-2020. This brief examines the group’s recent activities in both nations to interrogate if the group is undergoing a phase of resurgence in the region. Accordingly, it maps out the different factors that are aiding the group and provides some policy implications for governments in the region
Examining the Islamic State’s Resurgence in Iraq and Syria2021-05-04T14:17:07+03:00
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