Unrest Heats Up in Iraq

September 03, 2019

On August 14, a major explosion occurred in the gas transportation pipeline of the Electricity Distribution Station of Alhartha, located in Iraq’s southern governorate of Basra. Although local sources have talked of some “technical cause,” the blast’s reason remains unclear. In the...

Iraq: Sectarianism, Oil and the War in Syria (Part 2/2)

March 24, 2014

Maliki treats the breakdown of order in Iraq as a challenge to his rule. Iraq, a founding member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), has large oil reserves which are unevenly spread across the country. As of January 2013, it also held...

Al-Sweady Inquiry: Fit for Purpose?

May 07, 2013

As an inquiry into allegations of torture and killing of civilians by the British Army in Iraq begins to hear witness testimony, Colleen Boland looks at the pluses and minuses in the practice of public inquiry. Recently, several public inquiries in the UK have peaked interest with broad and...