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    Security and Governance in the Disputed Territories Under a Fractured GOI: The Case of Northern Diyala

Security and Governance in the Disputed Territories Under a Fractured GOI: The Case of Northern Diyala

by Zmkan Ali Saleem, Mac Skelton and Christine M. van den Toorn

In October 2017, the Kurdish Regional Government’s (KRG) political and military hold over large swaths of the disputed territories evaporated overnight. A mix of military forces and militias backed by the Government of Iraq (GOI) overwhelmed Kurdish Peshmerga forces, quickly taking over strategic areas of Diyala, Salahadin, Ninawa, and […]

November 14th, 2018|Iraq, Research|0 Comments|
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    Beyond Sectarianism? Transnational Identity Politics & Conflict in the Modern Middle East: Pasts, Presents, Futures

Beyond Sectarianism? Transnational Identity Politics & Conflict in the Modern Middle East: Pasts, Presents, Futures

by Jessica Watkins

Sectarian violence is decreasing across the Middle East, if largely due to mass displacement and harsh settlements imposed in states emerging from conflict. Alongside this decrease, an aggressive strain of transnational sectarian politics which has gripped the region for the past few decades is abating, at least for now. But while in principle, this lull creates a […]

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    ‘Pockets of Media Civicness’ in a Conflictual Political Landscape: A Case Study of Iraqi Media

‘Pockets of Media Civicness’ in a Conflictual Political Landscape: A Case Study of Iraqi Media

by Aida Al-Kaisy

In a landscape driven by political ownership and partisan media, what possibility is there for the media to fulfil its role as watchdog, calling those in positions of power to account?

The media as battlefield is not a new concept. For a strong democracy to function, the media is considered an essential spoke in the democratic wheel, a chance […]

November 7th, 2018|Iraq, Research|0 Comments|
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    Rifts over Control of the Hashd al-Shaabi: Implications for Government Formation

Rifts over Control of the Hashd al-Shaabi: Implications for Government Formation

by Hayder al-Khafaji

The ongoing negotiations to form the next Iraq government have included fierce debate over competing efforts to control the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF). During the course of the war against Da’esh (the Islamic State or ISIS), the differences and disagreements between the PMF (itself composed of disparate and often antagonistic paramilitary groups) and the Iraqi government led […]

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    Iraq’s State-Owned Enterprises: A Case Study for Public Spending Reform

Iraq’s State-Owned Enterprises: A Case Study for Public Spending Reform

by Ali Al-Mawlawi

Among the most important questions awaiting the next Iraqi government will be how to rein in public sector spending while simultaneously addressing the needs of 2.5 million unemployed Iraqis who urgently require jobs. With the national unemployment rate currently at 16 percent, there is consensus within policymaking circles that job creation needs to focus on the private […]

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