How Theological Politics Affects Iraq

October 07, 2021

Parliamentary elections in Iraq were originally scheduled for last spring, but the vote was postponed until October 10. This election is important for Iraqis in light of recent developments. For the past two years, Iraq has witnessed ongoing peaceful protests that have been countered with brutal...

Has the Iraqi Government Failed?

November 07, 2019

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.

To Prosper, Iraq Must Tackle Education

In this guest edition of The Interview, Aras Ahmed Mhamad talks to PhD candidate Maysa Jihad Alwan. Education is the most effective means of bringing about responsible people who believe in the values of cultural diversity and coexistence. Military conflicts and religious violence in the Middle...

New Year, New Start for Iraq

January 11, 2016

Iraqi forces are on the offensive against IS militants, but the time has come to amend the constitution to prevent future radical groups from emerging. Over the past couple of weeks, Iraqi security forces have had to battle Islamic State (IS) militants pretty much on their own—without the...

Setting the Stage for Effective US-Iraq Counterterrorism

January 04, 2016

Iraqi counterterrorism forces are leading a ferocious campaign against the self-styled caliphate in Anbar province. On December 1, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter unveiled a signature expansion of the US special operations footprint inside Iraq, confirming a prominent shift toward intensified...

Refugees Persecuted in Europe

October 02, 2015

At holding centers in Germany, reports have surfaced that Syrian Christians have faced attacks by other asylum seekers. It is disturbing to hear of attacks on Syrian Christian asylum seekers by fellow Muslim asylum seekers at German reception centers—I am sure the blame for these outbreaks is...

Watching American Sniper With Iraqis

January 26, 2015

How would Americans react to occupation by a foreign army? The controversy surrounding the film American Sniper should come as no surprise. We live in an age that is desperately complex, yet we continue to reduce every issue to the simplest of  characterizations — most of which are almost...

Military Sexual Violence: From Frontline to Fenceline

August 31, 2013

The root of the sexual assault crisis plaguing the military lies in militarism itself. By Annie Isabel Fukushima & Gwen Kirk As more US military women break the silence about sexual violence committed by their comrades in arms, it is clear that sporadic “scandals” — at the...

Stateless in Jordan: The Life of a Refugee (Part 1/2)

June 21, 2013

Palestinian, Iraqi, and Syrian refugees in Jordan, share similar experiences of life in exile. This is the first of a two part series. A plethora of recent studies on refugees have focused primarily on a single displaced nationality of stateless people within a host country. This article...

The Invasion of Iraq: Ten Years Later

March 20, 2013

By Yasmin Fedda Yasmin Fedda, a filmmaker and PhD student at Edinburgh College of Art, talks about the Iraq War and the upcoming Reel Iraq Festival in the UK. On March 21, 2003, a US and UK coalition invaded Iraq under the premise of freeing it from its then dictator Saddam Hussein. On the same...

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