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Austerity for the Poor and Prosperity for the Rich

Austerity for the Poor and Prosperity for the Rich

There has been a growing interest in social protection policies in the Arab region dating back to the 1990s. Yet the impact of such measures has not been empirically and independently assessed. Evidence shows that, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the poor have been getting poorer and the...

Iraq’s Militias Send a Warning to Turkey

Iraq’s Militias Send a Warning to Turkey

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...

Iraq Faces Insecurity Alone

Iraq Faces Insecurity Alone

In late March, the US-led coalition, operating under the auspices of Operation Inherent Resolve, announced that it was relocating most of its personnel and equipment out of Iraq. By early April, the coalition already completed the transfer of four major bases hosting US-led troops back to Iraqi...

What Departing From Iraq Would Mean

What Departing From Iraq Would Mean

In January, the US assassinated two crucial military figures — Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) — on Iraqi territory. This led the Iraqi parliament to vote in favor of the departure of all foreign forces...

Will Iran and the US Go to War?

Will Iran and the US Go to War?

The assassination of the commander of Iran’s Quds Force, Major General Qassem Soleimani, by the United States on January 3, along with his right-hand man in Iraq, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, was a surprising move for many. Soleimani’s assassination increased pressure on President Donald Trump in...

Who Is Targeting Journalists and Activists in Iraq?

Who Is Targeting Journalists and Activists in Iraq?

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...

When Presence Becomes Absence in the Middle East

When Presence Becomes Absence in the Middle East

History is constructed out of symbolic moments. As the year 2020 and a new decade begin, US President Donald Trump has provided the iconic gesture destined to ensure that future memories of both the year and the decade will be focused on his towering personality. How Will Iran Respond to...

As Iraq Burns, World Leaders Stay Silent

As Iraq Burns, World Leaders Stay Silent

The wave of unrest that has swept through Iraq has gone from protest to violence, creating tension in the region. The demonstrations, which were initially motivated by discontent over the country’s economic stagnation and rampant government corruption, quickly devolved into chaos....

Has the Iraqi Government Failed?

Has the Iraqi Government Failed?

A widespread belief in Iraq is that the post-Baathist system has failed the country. Many Iraqis accuse their leaders of pillaging the nation’s wealth while providing poor services to citizens.

Can Iraq’s New Foreign Policy Approach Succeed?

Can Iraq’s New Foreign Policy Approach Succeed?

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...

Iraq’s Governance Crisis Reaches a Boiling Point

Iraq’s Governance Crisis Reaches a Boiling Point

“The Youth in Iraq have a mad stare of despair on their faces. They have seen nothing, but Sanctions and War.” These were the words of a UN official stationed in the International Zone in Baghdad back in 2011. This month, there have been massive protests in different parts of Iraq as a result...

Unrest Heats Up in Iraq

Unrest Heats Up in Iraq

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...

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Climate Change Is Exacerbating Iraq’s Complicated Water Politics

Climate Change Is Exacerbating Iraq’s Complicated Water Politics

Today, what is commonly known as the Fertile Crescent — the cradle of civilization and the Garden of Eden — is not so fertile anymore. The region that extends from the Nile Valley, through the Levant and along the Tigris-Euphrates river system is facing unprecedented pressure stemming from a...

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