May 9th, 2016

Terrorism Monitor Volume: 14 Issue: 9. The rise of Islamic State in Iraq has contributed to the increasing prominence of Iraq’s Shia militias. Continue reading at the Jamestown Foundation.

June 10th, 2014

Published in Open Democracy: Power within Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, is a spectrum of forces from ISIS, Ba’athist elements and Sunni tribes, among others. How is this tenuous assortment of power connecting and coordinating in the running of the city? continue reading on Open Democracy

October 7th, 2013

Published in OpenDemocracy: The two Iraqi Kurdish parties’ entanglement in the Syrian Kurdish issues seems to have resulted in anti-Assad rebels and extreme jihadists retaliating against the KRG, in a spillover of the Syrian civil war. On September 29, a rare attack occurred in Arbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), in which the headquarters of […]

August 23rd, 2013

Published in OpenDemocracy, The already strained Baghdad-Ankara relationship has further deteriorated in recent years, due to regional crises, internal political instability, narrow perceptions and regional interests. The deterioration in relations was, to some extent, inherent in the domestic and regional evolution of the two countries. The relationship, which was steadily progressing during the US occupation […]

August 12th, 2013

Published on OpenDemocracy. Although the civil war in Syria is ongoing, the Kurds have achieved major strides towards their rights by controlling a region for the first time in Syrian modern history. The emergence of the Syrian Kurds, for the first time in modern Syrian history after decades of repression, faces many difficulties and pitfalls […]

June 7th, 2013

Published on OpenDemocracy. These developments in Syria, with the involvement of Iraqis, have intensified and widened the divisions among Iraqis themselves.   All the signs are that Iraq is heading towards a sectarian war reviving the memories of the civil war of 2006-07, unless there is containment of the political crisis by the major political […]

March 14th, 2013

published on Opednews. The recent developments in Iraq have brought to the surface a noticeable fragmentation in the power structure of the country, and have led to increasing tensions among the Shias, Sunnis and Kurds – the three major communities forming the three poles of the power structure.   After the US-led invasion of 2003, Iraq […]

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