Escalating tensions surrounding the Kurdish independence referendum are encouraging Iran to accelerate efforts to diversify trade to Iraq.
The Kurdistan Region’s “yes” vote in the independence referendum does not translate to unconditional support for independence in the short term.
In an interview, author James Barr discusses why his book on the Franco-British rivalry in the Middle East remains relevant today.
In an interview, Kurdish journalist Fazel Hawramy discusses the legacy of the late Jalal Talabani.
Planning for the future of Iraq after ISIS will be essential to consolidating coalition successes and avoiding yet another recurrence of insurgency and state failure.
The aggressive rhetoric surrounding Kurdistan’s largely symbolic independence referendum risks triggering armed conflict in ethnically mixed territories.
As Iran-aligned factions within Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces expand their political influence, Abadi is working to strengthen and integrate rival factions within the military.
A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.
In an interview, Joost Hiltermann explains why a forthcoming vote on Kurdish statehood is so controversial.
Abadi is using the narrative of victory in Mosul to distract from dire policy issues that cannot be resolved in the near future.