Raed El-Hamed

Raed El-Hamed is an Iraqi journalist and member of the Iraqi Journalists Union.

Raed El-Hamed is an Iraqi journalist and member of the Iraqi Journalists Union. He previously  served as president for the research and studies unit at the Baghdad Center for Strategic Research, after which he served as editor-in-chief of the magazine Windows on Culture (Nawafidh al-Thaqafiyya). He was also a consultant at the International Crisis Group. He contributed to the book The Last Stage of the American Occupation of Iraq, published by the Center for Arab Unity Studies in 2007. He has published a number of books, studies, and articles focusing on Iraq’s militias, security contractors, and the Salahuddin province for a number of newspapers including al-Hayat, Azzaman, and al-Quds al-Arabi.

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  • Can Mosul be Taken Back?

    Can Mosul be Taken Back?

    Any effort to retake Mosul from the Islamic State would face military and political obstacles that may be too significant to overcome.

  • Ramadi and the Debate Over Shia Militias in Anbar

    Ramadi and the Debate Over Shia Militias in Anbar

    Sunni tribal disagreements over the role of the Popular Mobilization Forces—which have so far prevented developing a broader security strategy against the Islamic State—might change in the aftermath of Ramadi.

  • The Challenges of Mobilizing Sunni Tribes in Iraq

    The Challenges of Mobilizing Sunni Tribes in Iraq

    If Iraqi parties cannot agree on a unified vision for the National Guard, options will remain limited for the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State.

  • A New Sectarian Force for Iraq

    A New Sectarian Force for Iraq

    Plans to build a national guard force risk widening sectarian divisions in Iraq and pushing more Sunnis toward the Islamic State.

  • ISIS and the Anbar Crisis

    ISIS and the Anbar Crisis

    Despite recent success in Mosul, ISIS is still trying to solidify its fragile gains in Anbar province, particularly following heavy losses in Syria.

  • Trouble on the Border

    Trouble on the Border

    As the Syrian crisis continues, Jabhat al Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq may form a cross-border zone between Iraq and Syria that could threaten regional stability.

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