Shifting Gears in Iraq-Saudi Arabia Relations

November 6th, 2017 by Yasir Kuoti

The recent Iraq-Saudi Arabia rapprochement policy should be understood in the context of convergent political, security, and economic interests, with implications for regional security and stability.

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Universities are rising from ruins of war

August 20th, 2017 by Dlawer Ala’Aldeen

Kurdistan shows that post-conflict countries can build a thriving higher education sector by working with foreign partners

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The Kurdistan referendum has opened the way for Baghdad and Erbil to prioritise serious negotiations.

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MERI hosted a roundtable event for diplomats, policymakers, and experts to discuss Kurdistan’s independence referendum and its consequences for the region.

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Is Kurdistan Independence Inevitable?

September 15th, 2017 by Yerevan Saeed

It could be more constructive for all stakeholders to assist Baghdad and Erbil to reach a mutually acceptable agreement

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Kurdistan: a potential strategic partner the US deserves

July 25th, 2017 by Dlawer Ala’Aldeen

Through constructive engagement and promotion of rule of law, the US should help the Kurdistan Region of Iraq become a strategic partner. The Kurds can be instrumental in helping the US mend fences across the region.

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The narrow victory of Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the referendum on 16 April does not guarantee a politically strong and trouble-free presidency.

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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.

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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.

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Iraq and Libya: common challenges for the years ahead

February 8th, 2017 by Irene Costantini

Iraq and Libya are facing similar challenges: a post-IS recovery; a fiscal crisis and striking a power balance between central and local authorities.

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