Iraq

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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|5 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 […]

Minorities, Displacement, and Citizenship in Northern Iraq

by Dylan O’Driscoll and Irene Costantini

Internal displacement has received growing attention as a significant phenomenon that demonstrates the protracted nature of contemporary conflict. In addition to being a consequence and a potential driver of conflict, internal displacement strongly affects the construct of the state, particularly with regards to citizenship. IDPs do not cross international borders and thus their citizenship […]

July 3rd, 2019|Featured, Iraq|0 Comments|
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    Community-Level Stigma Faced by Female Yazidi and Shi’a Turkmen Survivors of CRSV in Iraq

Community-Level Stigma Faced by Female Yazidi and Shi’a Turkmen Survivors of CRSV in Iraq

by Güley Bor

‘For many survivors, fear of rape is swiftly followed by fear of rejection, with communities being more likely to punish the victim than the perpetrator. In addition to the debilitating physical and psychological trauma, the stigma that follows in the wake of rape can have lasting, potentially lethal, repercussions, including: “honour killings”, suicide, diseases, HIV and sexually […]

June 19th, 2019|Featured, Iraq|1 Comment|

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