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The Man Who Would be King: Muqtada al-Sadr’s Legitimation in the Iraqi Shi’a Field

03.31.23

Western media and analysts have scrambled to ask, “Who is Muqtada al-Sadr?” Harvard Divinity School student Ryan Zoellner offers an analysis of the Iraqi leader.

Politics

Tormented in Our Land: The Reality of the Christian Existence in Iraq

03.31.23

Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda sheds light on the reality of Christian lives in Iraq today.

Gender, Race and Identity

Book Review: Between Muslims: Religious Difference in Iraqi Kurdistan

03.31.23

Nicole Plante reviews Bard College Professor Andrew Bush’s new book: Between Muslims: Difference in Iraqi Kurdistan

Gender, Race and Identity

Colonial Designs, Arab Dreams, and the Making of the Modern Middle East

02.23.22

H.D. Wright provides an analysis of the European diplomatic engagements that pulled apart existing territories and forced them between the borders of new states, sealing a nearly inevitable destiny of domestic strife.

Understanding the Kurdish Student Protests

12.30.21

Sarkawt Shamsulddin provides his insights on the recent student protests in Kurdistan, what led to them, and what they mean for the region.

Persistent Impunity Raises Concerns Around Iraqi Elections & Democracy

10.10.21

Ghazi Ghazi sits down with Sally Bachori, one of the founding members of Ending Impunity in Iraq to learn more about the organization and their grassroots movement.

Bill Kristol Can’t Teach Us Anything

02.2.21

Kristol’s unapologetic role as a driving force behind the Iraq War, as an advocate of violence throughout the Middle East, and as a promoter of hateful discrimination make him unfit to teach in our community and serve as an IOP Fellow.

Media

Guilty by Association: The Fate of ISIL Families in Iraq

08.27.19

BY JOHN MILLOCK   In December 2017, Iraq’s government declared victory over the Islamic State (ISIL), ending more than three years of ISIL’s brutal occupation of large swaths of Iraq. Yet for the 2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq today, the conflict is far from over.[1] This is especially true for ordinary Iraqi […]

Repeating History: An Iraqi-American’s Appeal to Avoid War with Iran

08.1.19

Though I was born at a time when Iran and Iraq were at war with each other, no conflict has been more formative to my identity than the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. Years after Secretary of State Colin Powell delivered his now infamous address at the U.N. accusing Iraq of threatening the post-9/11 world […]

International Relations and Security
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Event review: an ambassador without a country

01.22.19

Kurdistan Regional Government Rep. Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman discusses Kurdish politics since the KRG’s 2017 independence referendum and the Erbil-Baghdad relationship at Harvard Law School.

International Relations and Security

Podcast: Jamal Khashoggi’s murder by Saudi operatives, challenges face Iraq’s new government

11.16.18

In this episode of the Middle East Weekly podcast, we discuss the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of Saudi agents in Istanbul, the formation of and challenges facing Iraq’s new government, the re-instatement of sanctions on Iran, and an election boycott in Bahrain. Khashoggi was murdered when he visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain paperwork for his marriage. After initially denying reports of his killing, Saudi authorities have since acknowledged his death and enacted their own investigation. They have continued to deny charges by Turkish authorities that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ordered Khashoggi’s death personally, instead insisting that the killers were acting of their own accord. In Iraq, the new President Barham Salih is working to form his cabinet. He faces domestic pressure to address inefficiencies and shortages of critical government services, especially utilities. Iranian officials have debated legal action to align the country with European policies on terror financing, in an effort to convince European countries to continue doing business with Iran as American sanctions come back into effect. In Bahrain, the opposition party al-Wefaq staged a boycott ahead of elections there, citing discriminatory government policies preventing its members from running for office. 

From deadlock to deadline: Iraq’s new government faces pressure to reform

10.25.18

Newly minted President Barham Salih and Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi have one year to enact reform on pressing domestic issues, especially utility services and unemployment. If the government fails to implement changes, it may face another series of popular uprisings.

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