EU-Turkey policies in Iraq & Syria: Challenges & opportunities

February 4th, 2019 by Dlawer Ala’Aldeen

Turkey and EU have adopted multifaceted foreign policies in the Middle East. They converge only on specific issues but their mutual cooperation has not been easy.

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Country to Watch in 2019: Iraq

December 30th, 2018 by Dlawer Ala’Aldeen

After 4 years of political & security turbulence, Iraq has now turned a new page with plenty of cautious optimism for 2019. Evolution of events & predictions for the new year.

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By failing to reach an agreement to form an electoral alliance, the Kurdistan Region’s opposition parties missed a golden opportunity to shake up the duopoly of the KDP and PUK’s power.

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In the run-up to this month’s parliamentary elections (12 May), the Kurdish parties are running individually, but in the Iraqi-controlled disputed territories they act differently.

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“We can’t call Iraq a federal state when there is only one federal region”. Baghdad needs to develope a national reconciliation strategy among the country’s various ethno-religious & social groups, through dialogue and trust-building. 

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Anti-Corruption Efforts in Iraq

January 16th, 2018 by Yasir Kuoti

Given the institutionalized nature of corruption in Iraq, fighting it will prove substantially difficult, and would require a national program that upsets major aspects of Iraqi politics.

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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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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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