Turkey seeks to prevent the Kurds from establishing “a new Kobani”, according to statements delivered by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
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.
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.
The Kurdish referendum has rendered great political services to Iraqi Prime-Minister Haidar alAbadi who emerged as the main beneficiary
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.
The Iraqi government prioritizes rehabilitation of the oil sector in northern provinces, especially after it regained control of Kirkuk
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.
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.
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.
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.
Possible Developments of the Political Crisis in Iraqi Kurdistan
The Kurdistan regional government is in on the defensive internally and externally.
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.
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
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.
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.