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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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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