Mehmet Alaca

Mehmet Alaca is a journalist who writes on Kurdish geopolitics, Iraq and Shia militias in the Middle East. He received an MA from the Department of Politics and International Relations of the Middle East at Exeter University in the UK. He is currently an Ankara-based diplomatic correspondent and a contributor to Center for Middle Eastern Studies (ORSAM).

The War on Terror Drove Iraq Into Iran’s Orbit

September 13, 2021

After al-Qaeda targeted the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, then-US President George W. Bush declared his (in)famous doctrine of the global war on terror, which will continue to have a great effect on the Middle East and the world for the coming decades, if not...

Iraq's Militias Send a Warning to Turkey

April 28, 2021

On April 14, a Turkish military base in Bashiqa, some 20 kilometers northeast of Mosul in northern Iraq, was a target of a missile strike that killed a Turkish soldier. The attack happened on the same day that an explosives-laden drone targeted Erbil International Airport in the Kurdistan Region of...

Who Is Targeting Journalists and Activists in Iraq?

January 07, 2020

On December 22, 2019, the Independent High Commission for Human Rights of Iraq announced the assassination of 26 activists who participated in anti-government demonstrations that began on October 1. Half of the assassinations took place in the capital, Baghdad, and the rest in the country’s southern provinces. On December 10, Reporters Without...

Can Iraq’s New Foreign Policy Approach Succeed?

October 30, 2019

Since October 2018, when the new Iraqi government took office, President Barham Saleh and Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi highlighted that the war-torn country was never again to be involved in regional disputes and that it was time for a new political order. President Saleh defines Iraq’s future role as...