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    ‘No to America…No to Iran’: Iraq’s Protest Movement in the Shadow of Geopolitics

‘No to America…No to Iran’: Iraq’s Protest Movement in the Shadow of Geopolitics

by Taif Alkhudary

Since 1 October 2019, Iraqis have taken to the streets to demand basic rights: clean water, education, electricity, employment and an end to endemic state corruption that prevents the government from delivering any of these services. The protests have since developed into a call for systemic political change, including the dissolution of parliament, constitutional reform and general elections held […]

January 20th, 2020|Featured, Iraq|0 Comments|
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    Trump’s Anti-Politics and the Assassination of Iran’s (now) Eternal General Soleimani

Trump’s Anti-Politics and the Assassination of Iran’s (now) Eternal General Soleimani

by Ghoncheh Tazmini

The dust has settled for the time being in the US-Iran duel. Retreating from the conflict, President Trump tweeted ‘all is well’ in response to Iran’s retaliatory strikes on US air bases in Iraq. Shortly after, Trump went back to his ‘go-to’ deterrent of choice – sanctions. Faced with the possibility of a full-scale war with Iran, Trump […]

January 15th, 2020|Iran, Iraq|2 Comments|

Seeing the Political in Baghdad’s Shopping Malls

by Omar Sirri

I could barely hear Abu Abdallah over the generator outside. As I got up to shut the door to the caravan that he called his office, he deadpanned: ‘hadha al-sowt yuwannis, lazem t’awid alay’ (This sound brings joy, you should get used to it). Mocking the country’s infamous electricity services, Abu Abdallah, a representative on a neighbourhood […]

January 9th, 2020|Featured, Iraq|0 Comments|

Iran in Iraq: Soft Power after Soleimani

by Jessica Watkins

Iran had been struggling to win over Iraqi public opinion in recent months; America’s assassination of Qassem Soleimani, the Commander of the Quds Force, could change all that.
Iran excels at nurturing paramilitary forces across the Middle East. When it comes to cultivating persuasive ‘soft power’ amongst publics more broadly in the region, however, it has a chequered […]

January 8th, 2020|Iran, Iraq|0 Comments|

Away with the System: The Arab Spring Soldiers on

by Tom Ready

A new wave of popular unrest across the Arab world has triggered claims of a second Arab Spring. The truth is that the first Arab Spring is still being played out and the underlying grievances have not changed.
At a state level, with a few notable exceptions, the political landscape of the Arab world might be characterised as […]

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