Archive for the ‘Blog post’ Category
January 10th, 2016 by Dave van Zoonen
The vulnerability of Kurdistan’s economy to volatility in the international markets was painfully revealed by last year’s fall in oil prices.
September 14th, 2015 by Dlawer Ala’Aldeen
European powers including Germany, France and the United Kingdom, most affected by the descent of the Middle East into chaos, have nevertheless followed the US lead in every action.
August 16th, 2015 by Roger Guiu
It is feasible to bring the living standards of both refugees and host community to a resilient situation, for instance by bridging the income gap. But only through a combination of livelihoods support and advocacy for key policy changes in how Kurdistan sees the refugees.
August 3rd, 2015 by Sardar Aziz
Iran and six world powers reached a historic deal on the 14th of July in Vienna. This deal could have far reaching consequences and significantly alter geopolitics in the Middle East.
April 28th, 2015 by Samuel Morris
The capture of Tikrit was touted as a turning point in the conflict in Iraq. Despite it taking weeks longer than suspected and requiring involvement from the international coalition, the operation was deemed a military success. But the momentum was lost.
March 8th, 2015 by Samuel Morris
As the much publicised attack on Tikrit is underway, it is important to look at the deeper significance of such an operation. Beyond regaining lost territory, the battle for Tikrit will play a defining role in the coming year for Iraq.
February 4th, 2015 by Roger Guiu
The final budget of around $100 billion went through several revisions in order to make compatible a higher expense, required to combat ISIS as well as provide humanitarian assistance, with a lower revenue due to decreasing oil prices.
February 1st, 2015 by Samuel Morris
There has been a steady growth in the fear of Islamic State ‘sleeper cells’ in the city, which has only been exacerbated by the flood of IDPs into the city. This, in turn, has led to the Sunni population fearing persecution at the hands of Kurds.
February 1st, 2015 by Roger Guiu
Instead of direct peace-building initiatives that may actually add more fuel to the fire due to the volatile situation, the humanitarian community seems to be rightly prioritising social cohesion between stayees and returnees through an indirect approach.
January 20th, 2015 by Samuel Morris
This event raises the questions, what is the role of Coalition ground forces? Will this signal a new chapter in the way that Islamic State is combatted? Will there be a change in policy to international troop deployment?