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Identifying Global Beacons for Private Sector Reform

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.

Middle East in transition: can Europe shape the new order?

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.

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.

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The Iran Nuclear Deal: A View from Erbil

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.

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One step forward, two steps back

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.

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The Importance of the Battle for Tikrit

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.

Iraq’s federal budget: some insights

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.

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As Battles Rage in Kirkuk, Political Solutions are Needed

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.

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.

Coalition Forces Clash with Islamic State Fighters

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?