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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Reconstruction of Islamic State-Liberated Areas

November 28th, 2016 by Irene Costantini

This policy brief analyses the current status of international financial assistance to Iraq and identifies the conditions that can turn the reconstruction process into an opportunity

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The Day After: Governing the KRI

November 21st, 2016 by Dylan O’Driscoll

Once IS is defeated key political and economic issues long neglected in the Kurdish Region of Iraq (KRI) will come to the fore.

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