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    Can Iraq’s Revolution Succeed? Reflections from a Protest Movement at a Crossroads

Can Iraq’s Revolution Succeed? Reflections from a Protest Movement at a Crossroads

by Christine McCaffray van den Toorn and Raad Alkadiri

Six weeks into the latest unrest in Iraq, protests in Baghdad and the southern provinces show no sign of abating. What began in the capital in early October as relatively small demonstrations bemoaning a lack of jobs and government corruption has turned into something far bigger and far-more consequential: a fully-fledged social […]

November 7th, 2019|Featured, Iraq|0 Comments|
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    ‘No Friends but the Mountains’: The Toxic Legacy of British Officialdom for the Kurds after the First World War

‘No Friends but the Mountains’: The Toxic Legacy of British Officialdom for the Kurds after the First World War

by Francis Owtram

The Kurds remain a people without their own independent state, and in their recent abandonment by President Trump have again experienced the particular vulnerabilities of stateless peoples in a world of nation-states. Following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire at the end of the First World War, the lands inhabited by the Kurds were divided between three […]

Book Review – ‘Lords of the Desert’ by James Barr

by Jim Muir
James Barr has produced a worthy successor to ‘A Line in the Sand’, his masterly study of collusion, rivalry and skulduggery as the British and French wrestled to carve up the Middle East to their own benefit in the early decades of the 20th century. Here he carries forward the story, showing how the Americans, far from […]

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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|4 Comments|

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