Iraq’s Maliki: Out of Favor With Shia Allies?

August 02, 2014

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani signals that Nouri al-Maliki should not cling to power. When Iraq's third largest city of Mosul fell to the Islamic State group on June 10, things appeared to be going well for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri...

The Tribal Component of Iraq’s Sunni Rebellion

July 14, 2014

The GMCIR is emerging as one of the most powerful organizations in the Iraqi conflict. Following the Iraqi armed opposition’s seizure of Mosul on June 10, and the subsequent capture of large areas of Ninewah,...

The Iraq Crisis Explained

July 10, 2014

The antigovernment rebellion in Iraq has tapped into longstanding Sunni grievances against the Maliki government. Background Iraq is facing its biggest security crisis in recent history. Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), in alliance with Iraqi Sunni insurgents, have...

The Battle for Iraq

July 01, 2014

Sunni tribes have a right to stand against Maliki, but colluding with ISIS may prove to be a fatal mistake. As Iraq teeters on the brink of civil war, the media narrative to explain the “ISIS” insurgency shows a narrow view of current events. Although the involvement of the Islamic State of...

The United States, ISIS and the Destruction of Iraq

June 28, 2014

Washington’s systematic destruction of Iraq is the root cause of the current crisis, not sectarianism. Barely a month after US President Barack Obama hailed Iraq’s election as heralding a “peaceful, unified and prosperous future,” the country again verges on civil war. As the Islamic...

Iraq: Collapse and Chaos in the Cradle of Civilization

June 25, 2014

Iraq is collapsing and the government has to rely on its own political will and security capabilities. Iraq, a country where nearly 4,500 American lives were lost and more than $1 trillion spent in an eight-plus year effort to oust a dictator and rebuild a nation, is approaching chaos —...

The Disintegration of Iraq: End of a Century-Old Curse

June 20, 2014

Born out of colonial mistakes, it is time to face reality and divide Iraq. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), a terrorist organization known for its ruthlessness, gained control over Mosul overnight and swept through Iraq’s Sunni-dominated areas toward Baghdad. Shi’ite...

Iraq and the New Westphalia

June 15, 2014

Economic and sectarian roots of Iraq’s civil strife must be remembered amid new democratic projects. Iraq held nationwide elections on April 30, while Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki only won a plurality of seats in the Iraqi parliament. The elections were hailed as a nation-building step,...

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...

Iraq: Sectarianism, Oil and the War in Syria (Part 1/2)

March 17, 2014

Maliki treats the breakdown of order in Iraq as a challenge to his rule. Iraq has certainly experienced a turbulent decade. The US-led invasion in 2003 which culminated in the ouster of long-time ruler Saddam Hussein was a game-changer in Iraq's history. Subsequent efforts by the Coalition...

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