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    The Kurdish Duopoly: The Political Economy of Two-Party Rule

The Kurdish Duopoly: The Political Economy of Two-Party Rule

by Zmkan Ali Saleem & Mac Skelton

The violence and political instability of the post 2003 era has generated a shifting set of alliances and blocs throughout much of Iraq, with the exception of the Kurdish region, which has witnessed a repeated reassertion of the longstanding norm: The region is co-ruled by a two-party duopoly under two powerful families – […]

August 28th, 2019|Featured, Iraq|0 Comments|

Female Radicalisation: Why do Women join ISIS?

by Gulfer Ulas

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has managed to position itself as the greatest global terrorist threat of recent years. The Salafi-jihadist organisation, which draws upon fundamentalist interpretations of Sunni Islam, has gained global notoriety through its exceptionally violent brand of terrorism. ISIS has long been tried to expand its sphere of influence in the […]

August 15th, 2019|Iraq, Syria|0 Comments|
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    Reconsidering Space, Security and Political Economy in Baghdad

Reconsidering Space, Security and Political Economy in Baghdad

by Omar Sirri

‘Lazmeen al-montaqa homa, wa ahna al-bazazeen…’
[The parties] control the area here. And we’re just the stray cats…[1]
Lina laughed when she said those words, even though she meant them. As someone who works in communications for agencies based in Karada, Lina frequents the area often. Her statement was meant to be an evocative commentary on contemporary Baghdad, one […]

August 12th, 2019|Featured, Iraq|1 Comment|
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    Iran in Iraq: Hard and Soft Power Strategies under Sanctions and Public Censure

Iran in Iraq: Hard and Soft Power Strategies under Sanctions and Public Censure

by Jessica Watkins

The reinstatement of US sanctions on Iran last year within the Trump Administration’s ‘maximum pressure’ campaign has undoubtedly hit the Iranian economy hard. Amongst other markers, living costs in Iran are rising dramatically – in June, inflation rates stood at 50%; and the rial has lost almost 60% of its value against the US dollar on the unofficial market.

Judging […]

August 7th, 2019|Featured, Iran, Iraq|0 Comments|
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    Counting Mass Atrocity: A Demographic Documentation of ISIS’s Attack on the Yazidi Village of Kocho

Counting Mass Atrocity: A Demographic Documentation of ISIS’s Attack on the Yazidi Village of Kocho

by Valeria Cetorelli & Sareta Ashraph

On 3 August 2014, the armed group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS), attacked the Yazidi community of Sinjar, in northwest Iraq. Within days of the attack, reports emerged of men and boys being executed; of women and girls, some as young as nine, being kidnapped, sold, sexually enslaved, beaten, and forced […]

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