Iraq

The Kirkuk Case and Baghdad–Erbil Relations

by Diyari Salih

After the American departure from Iraq in 2011, relations between Erbil and Baghdad have been characterised by many fluctuations. The Kurds did not have good relations with Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq’s prime minister between 2006–14, blaming him for neglecting their calls to settle the dilemma of Kirkuk according to Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution. Furthermore, they claimed that […]

February 27th, 2019|Iraq|0 Comments|

The Upcoming Iranian–American Confrontation in Iraq

by Diyari Salih

Since 1979, the United States has looked at Iran as an enemy, and made all possible efforts to prevent the country from extending its influence past its geographical borders. The US supported Saddam Hussein’s regime during the 1980s Iran–Iraq war to stop Tehran from again becoming a great regional power. Later, when Saddam became a threat to American […]

February 8th, 2019|Iraq|0 Comments|
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    The Bishop and the Prime Minister: Mediating Conflict in the Nineveh Plains

The Bishop and the Prime Minister: Mediating Conflict in the Nineveh Plains

by Mac Skelton and Karam Bahnam

Situated 30 kilometres from the centre of Mosul city, many Iraqi Christians consider Qaraqosh the cultural and symbolic centre of Christianity in Iraq. During August 2014–October 2016, when the town was occupied by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the total evacuation of its population and destruction of its infrastructure led to concerns […]

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    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 […]

January 16th, 2019|Iraq|0 Comments|

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, […]

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