Iraq

  • Permalink Protests in Basra, 16 July 2018. Source: Duaa Malik, @Duaa_IQ twitterGallery

    Iraq’s Humpty Dumpty Challenge: Who can put the country together again?

Iraq’s Humpty Dumpty Challenge: Who can put the country together again?

by Raad Alkadiri

July has always been a politically feverish month in Iraq. Nevertheless, the violent protests that have swept southern Iraq over the past two weeks have been unprecedented both in scale and focus. Ports blocked; airports closed; provincial government offices sieged; and, most telling of all, local headquarters of Islamist Shi’a parties and allied militias attacked. Latest reports […]

  • Permalink Protest activity in southern Iraq, July 2018. Source: Benedict Robin-D'CruzGallery

    As Protests Sweep Iraq, are the Country’s Political Elites Running out of Options?

As Protests Sweep Iraq, are the Country’s Political Elites Running out of Options?

by Benedict Robin-D’Cruz

Chaos across the south

Over the weekend, as protests and violence proliferated across Iraq’s southern provinces, the country’s internet and phone lines went down. The government implausibly claimed there were technical issues with the fibre optic network. In reality, this was a desperate measure taken by an alarmed political elite as provincial governorate buildings were stormed, and the offices […]

What do the Iraqi Elections tell us?

by Darya Najim and Krekar Mustafa

The so-called Islamic State is ‘defeated’ and Iraq has held its first elections after the organisation’s rise and fall. While rescue teams are still finding human remains in the rubble of destroyed buildings in Mosul’s old city, political parties are accusing one another of electoral fraud. Iraq’s twenty-first century is nothing but war and the remnants […]

  • Permalink Iraqi Council of Representatives in session, 31 October 2017. Credit: Iraq ParliamentGallery

    The Iraqi Constitution: A Red Herring for Politicians’ Failure?

The Iraqi Constitution: A Red Herring for Politicians’ Failure?

by Faies Jafar

In October 2005, two and half years after the collapse of the Saddam Hussein regime, Iraq held a referendum on a new constitution. The constitution was ratified after 78.5 percent of the country voted in favour, while the three Sunni governorates of Mosul, Tikrit and Al Anbar voted to reject it. With a new constitution in place, […]

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    The Sadrist–Communist Alliance: Implications for Iraq’s Secular Politics

The Sadrist–Communist Alliance: Implications for Iraq’s Secular Politics

by Benedict Robin

The victory of Saairun (Marching Forward) in Iraq’s 12 May elections took many by surprise. The alliance which united the Shi’i Islamist Sadrist movement, led by the cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, and the Iraqi Communist Party (ICP) won more seats (54) than any other electoral coalition.

Much has been written since the shock election result reflecting on Muqtada’s supposed transformation […]

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