In an interview, Benedict Robin-D’Cruz discusses Muqtada al-Sadr and how he has preserved his religious authority.
While recent events in Iraq have tended to focus attention on the political dimension of the Sadrist movement, it is their leader’s ability to defend himself on the religious front that explains essential aspects of his power.
Spot analysis from Carnegie scholars on events relating to the Middle East and North Africa.
In an interview, Marsin Alshamary discusses the current crisis in Iraq, and the possibility of a wider armed confrontation.
Join us on Thursday, June 23 from 16:00 till 17:30 Beirut time for a panel discussion on the topic with Akeel Abbas, Marsin Al Shamary, Mohanad Hage Ali, Harith Hassan and Zeinab Shuker.
Muqtada al-Sadr’s decision to order his parliamentary bloc members to resign could have serious ramifications, effectively ending any chance of a political settlement through the country’s established institutions and allowing the conflict to escalate to more dangerous levels.
Clashes between Turkey and the PKK have recently intensified. By ramping up confrontation with the Kurdish armed movement in Syria and Iraq, Turkish President Erdogan is likely to improve his chances of reelection in 2023.
Language is absolutely indispensable and critical element in successful diplomacy and ultimately in our own national security, and we are not great at it.
Paul Haenle will moderate a discussion with Chinese, Middle Eastern, and Singaporean scholars on the key issues in China-Middle East relations and the geopolitical implications.