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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Trump’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East: Four Key Issues

November 15th, 2016 by Dave van Zoonen

Donald Trump, the next President of the United States, will soon be confronted with the difficulty of translating campaign rhetoric regarding his foreign policy in the Middle East

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Yet Another Complication in Nineveh: Retaking Tal Afar

November 9th, 2016 by Tomáš Kaválek

Tal Afar is thus yet another flashpoint of competing interests between Ankara, Erbil, Baghdad, and Tehran and can possibly further destabilise the situation in Nineveh.

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Nearly two years since the north side of Shingal was liberated from the Islamic State, most of the Yazidi population is still displaced.

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A Development-Oriented Stabilisation Policy for Mosul

October 9th, 2016 by Irene Costantini

Now that IS’s economic gains are draining due to military setbacks and financial strains, IS-held territories are increasingly struggling through economic hurdles. The challenge ahead is to have concrete economic plans.

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