Iraq

  • Permalink The insignia of the Abbas Combat Division, on the move in Iraq in late 2018. Source: فرقة العباس القتالية, FacebookGallery

    Internal Divisions within the Popular Mobilisation Forces: The Case of the Abbas Combat Division

Internal Divisions within the Popular Mobilisation Forces: The Case of the Abbas Combat Division

by Hayder al-Khafaji

The Abbas Combat Division (ACD) enjoys both national and regional respect as an armed group within Iraq’s Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) and has consistently rejected any form of association with or interference by any foreign actors. The Division’s commanders have also categorically rejected any form of contact with neighbouring countries in the fields of logistical or advisory […]

Connecting Conflict-Related Displacement with WPS

by Zeynep Kaya

The Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda has great transformative potential, and puts the gendered impacts of conflict at the centre of discussions and actions on conflict. It calls for including women affected by, or part of, conflicts in peacebuilding and conflict-resolution processes, ensuring the protection of their rights and provisions for their specific needs. Despite this, […]

  • Permalink Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi meets with his cabinet on 8 January 2019, where some posts remain unfilled. Source: Press Office of the Prime MinisterGallery

    Delays to Iraq’s 2019 Budget reflect growing political deadlock

Delays to Iraq’s 2019 Budget reflect growing political deadlock

by Ali Al-Mawlawi

As Iraq enters a new fiscal year, the proposed 2019 federal budget remains stuck in parliament with few signs that a deal will be reached soon. The delay in passing the budget is symptomatic of the growing political intransigence that is most acutely exhibited in parliament. Twelve weeks after assuming office, Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi’s cabinet is […]

  • Permalink Renad Mansour, Mudher Salih, Ramon Blecua and Christine van den Toorn at al-Bayan Center, Baghdad.Gallery

    The Conflict Research Programme–Iraq’s research trip to Baghdad and Ramadi, December 2018

The Conflict Research Programme–Iraq’s research trip to Baghdad and Ramadi, December 2018

by Toby Dodge

At the start of December 2018, the Conflict Research Programme–Iraq carried out an extended research trip to Baghdad and Ramadi. Toby Dodge and Zeynep Kaya from LSE and Renad Manour, Mac Skelton and Christine van den Toorn from the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, all took part in the trip. The trip coincided with debates within the Iraqi […]

  • Permalink Syrian refugees queue to be registered on the outskirts of the Lebanese town of Arsal. Source: UNHCR/M. Hofer/November 2013Gallery

    Protracted Conflicts and Public Health: Re-thinking Geographies of Health Care Provision in the Middle East

Protracted Conflicts and Public Health: Re-thinking Geographies of Health Care Provision in the Middle East

by Yasmine Kherfi

While conflicts across the Middle East gain a lot of media traction, their broader implications on the future of health care provision across the region tend to be overlooked. Medical neutrality, fundamental to sustaining global health and humanitarian efforts, is increasingly being undermined in armed conflicts. In countries like Yemen and Syria, alongside the high human toll […]

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