What are the Goals of Turkey’s Military Intervention in Syria?

Turkey seeks to prevent the Kurds from establishing “a new Kobani”, according to statements delivered by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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Pressing Scenarios

Will Kurdistan Accept to Share Kirkuk’s Oil?

As Kirkuk’s oil management is split between the two parties, oil exports remained a subject of debate between Baghdad & Kurdistan.

Ibrahim al-Ghitani

Besieging Erbil

Turkey’s Options to Hinder Kurdish Independence

Turkey did not anticipate that its former ally, Massoud Barzani, would go to such great lengths in holding the Kurdish independence referendum.

Khorshid Delli

How did Kurdistan’s Secession Crisis Serve Iraqi PM Haidar Al-Abadi?

The Kurdish referendum has rendered great political services to Iraqi Prime-Minister Haidar alAbadi who emerged as the main beneficiary

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Divided We Stay

The Prospects of Inter-Kurdish Fighting in Iraq

The failure of the Iraqi Kurdish secession movement can be explained through lingering historical divisions among Iraqi Kurds.

Dr. Shady Abdelwhab

Drivers and Challenges for Rehabilitation of Oil Industry in Iraq’s North

The Iraqi government prioritizes rehabilitation of the oil sector in northern provinces, especially after it regained control of Kirkuk

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Kurdish Retreat

Significances of the Iraqi Swift Victory in the Battle for Kirkuk

The rapid advance by Iraqi forces in Kirkuk raised multiple questions about the significance of the recent military operation.

Mohamed Al - Aidan

Realism Vs. Idealism

The US Stance on Iraqi Kurdistan’s Independence

While the US backed the Kurds, it rejected the independence of Kurdistan and chose a neutral stance without allying to either side.

Amr Salah

Early Preparations:

Political Motives behind Iran’s Increased Military Budget

It can possibly be argued that Iran is currently making early preparations for escalation with the world powers.

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Messages of Resignation

Who Will Succeed Barzani in the Iraqi Kurdistan’s Presidency?

Barzani’s resignation sparked a debate about the implications and consequences of the decision on the future of the region.

Dr. Muthana Al-Obeidi

Continuous Complexity:

Possible Developments of the Political Crisis in Iraqi Kurdistan

The Kurdistan regional government is in on the defensive internally and externally.

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Vision from Within

Why did the Iraqi-Kurdish Conflict erupt over Kirkuk?

Iraq’s control over Kiruk came amid rising regional and internal pressures on the government of the Kurdistan region.

Dr. saddam al-jomaily‏

The Syrian-Iraqi Border

A Highway for Instability

The Syrian-Iraqi border will be decisive for the fate of Iraq and Syria’s stabilization, or it could turn into a highway for instability

Eleonora Ardemagni

Overlapping Issues

Opportunities and Challenges for Iraq in 2018

Iraq has witnessed major political and security transitions in 2017, making it the most eventful and consequential year.

Dr. Muthana Al-Obeidi

Determinants of Competition

A Preliminary Map of Political Coalitions in the Iraqi Elections

The map of Iraq’s political alliances has witnessed fundamental changes ahead of the legislative election to be held in May 2018.

Dr. Muthana Al-Obeidi