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    Basra’s Political Marketplace: Understanding Government Failure after the Protests

Basra’s Political Marketplace: Understanding Government Failure after the Protests

by Zmkan Ali Saleem & Mac Skelton

The following article was originally published as a policy brief of the Institute of Regional & International Studies (IRIS) and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Syria/Iraq Office. Click here to view the full brief.

Introduction

To date, the policy discussion on Basra has revolved around whether or not the newly appointed central government under Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi’s leadership […]

April 29th, 2019|Featured, Iraq, Research|1 Comment|
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    The Missing Masculinity in the Discourse of International Humanitarian Aid to Displaced Syrian Refugees

The Missing Masculinity in the Discourse of International Humanitarian Aid to Displaced Syrian Refugees

by Aitemad Muhanna-Matar

Since the early 1990s, the concept of masculinity has been given more attention by the international humanitarian community, in response to the increasing vulnerability and victimisation of men by war, militarised conflict and displacement in different parts of the world. Yet, the resulting marginalised and victimised masculinities caused by war and displacement are still presented in the […]

‘Want-Avoid’: Rentier Mentality in Perspective

by Geoffrey Martin
 

One of the most serious challenges for Kuwait’s ‘Vision 2035’ series of economic reforms is the transformation of its oil dependent economy to a more dynamic private sector-led one. In the current system, public and private companies run on monopolies, subsidies, and a general lack of competition. Very rarely are employees in white collar jobs – national or […]

January 21st, 2019|GCC, Research|0 Comments|
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    Kuwait’s Hundred Million Dollar Supply Management Opportunity

Kuwait’s Hundred Million Dollar Supply Management Opportunity

by Yousef Abdulsalam

The supply chain of the health sector – the manufacturing, distribution, procurement and consumption of medical supplies – has severely lagged other supply chains in terms of efficiency, innovation and technologies. Supply expenses generally constitute about 15 percent of total hospital expenditure. Though this is dwarfed by payroll’s 50 percent (or higher) share of expenditure, supply expenses […]

January 17th, 2019|Featured, GCC, Research|3 Comments|
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    Security and Governance in the Disputed Territories Under a Fractured GOI: The Case of Northern Diyala

Security and Governance in the Disputed Territories Under a Fractured GOI: The Case of Northern Diyala

by Zmkan Ali Saleem, Mac Skelton and Christine M. van den Toorn

In October 2017, the Kurdish Regional Government’s (KRG) political and military hold over large swaths of the disputed territories evaporated overnight. A mix of military forces and militias backed by the Government of Iraq (GOI) overwhelmed Kurdish Peshmerga forces, quickly taking over strategic areas of Diyala, Salahadin, Ninawa, and […]

November 14th, 2018|Iraq, Research|1 Comment|

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