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February 5th, 2019 by MERI
Whilst the war against ISIS continues to dictate priorities for policy-makers in the Middle East, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq maintains its commitment to democratization and nation-building. In spite of the political will for reforms, the heavy burden of war and its consequences have, nonetheless, crippled necessary reform processes. Hosting 1.5 million IDPs and insufficient […]
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?
December 9th, 2014 by Roger Guiu
The deal puts a novel fiscal architecture in place by providing for an asymmetrical revenue-sharing system in Iraq. It can become the main dividing line between KRG, Baghdad and Iraq’s governorates in the future.
November 10th, 2014 by Farhan Siddiqi
The Arab Spring brought a wave of change to the Middle East. Where others have failed, Tunisia has placed itself on the path towards democracy.
October 30th, 2014 by Dlawer Ala’Aldeen
Turkey must review its policies in Middle East. Dialogue and reconciliation is the best first step to reverse the current trend of ever spiraling violence
October 22nd, 2014 by Farhan Siddiqi
Stymied by internal divisions, the Coalition needs to prioritize ISIS as the biggest threat facing the Middle East
October 5th, 2014 by Dlawer Ala’Aldeen
On its own, the Middle East will not stabilize or pacify. The US & local leaders must invest in nation-building, education & civil society.