Planning Post-IS Iraq: Competing Visions Within the Shia Block?
March 12th, 2017 by Irene Costantini
The Shia Block is realistically the key determinant for national reconciliation to occur in Iraq. However, its internal divisions make it a problematic and non-unitary interlocutor for national, regional, and international initiatives.
The Hashd al-Shaabi and Iraq: Subnationalism and the State
March 6th, 2017 by Dylan O’Driscoll
The report assesses the role of the Popular Mobilisation Forces in the provision of security in Iraq, arguing that dealing with the multiple competing subnationalisms within it must be addressed after defeating ISIS.
Yet Another War in Shingal: The Sword of Damocles
March 5th, 2017 by Tomáš Kaválek
On 3 March, clashes erupted between the PKK-linked forces and the KDP’s Rojava Peshmerga near Khanasor in the district of Shingal.
Normalisation in Ankara-Baghdad Relations: A New Era?
January 26th, 2017 by Athanasios Manis
This policy brief argues that the main challenge for the normalisation of Ankara-Baghdad relations lies with the fact that a win-win scenario of overlapping or complementary interests does not seem to be driving the leaderships’ actions.
The Catch-22 in Nineveh: The Regional Security Complex Dynamics between Turkey and Iran
December 22nd, 2016 by Tomáš Kaválek
This paper argues that the future political stability of Nineveh depends on a two-level normalisation.
The Future of the Middle East
December 20th, 2016 by Dlawer Ala’Aldeen
Policy makers of Iraq and the KRI who wish to pursue paths of their own design, must look carefully at the trends in power dynamics and the policies of the global and regional powers before designing their strategies.
Could the Trump Administration Mean a New Beginning for the Kurds?
December 17th, 2016 by Zachary Gallant
This Policy Paper discusses some of the Trump administration’s most likely foreign policy advisers and their positions on Kurdish self-governance.
Education as a way out of IS: Deradicalisation in Mosul
December 7th, 2016 by Maisie Cook
Without sufficient deradicalisation policies, including within the education system, the narrative of the Islamic State will lie dormant or transform, creating the potential for another extremist group to emerge.
Iran and its Opposition Kurdish Parties: The Need for Dialogue
December 4th, 2016 by Hawraman Ali
Considering the new political realities of the region and the domination of US politics by the Republicans after the recent election, Iran should engage in dialogue with its Kurdish opposition parties.
A Transitioning Turkey: Out with the Old, in with the New?
December 1st, 2016 by Athanasios Manis
Turkey is experiencing a crisis of orientation in its internal and external affairs as a result of a transition between a dying and an emerging vision.