Iraq

Early Containment

Why Baghdad is Restoring Economic Relations with Iraq’s Kurdistan

Economic relations between the Iraqi central government and the Iraqi Kurdistan region appear to be gradually returning to normal.

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Threats from the Peripheries

What is happening in the Middle East?

Future for Advanced Research and Studies (FARAS) hosted the Egyptian journalist Mr. Imad Eddin Adib, on February 14, 2018.

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Potential Scenarios

The Future of Middle Eastern Armed Organizations in 2018

The role of armed organizations emerged and they became a reality and engaged in military action independently of states.

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Revealing Roles

How Sports Reflect Middle East’s Political Interactions

States use sports to achieve their goals of convergence or divergence with other states, which reflect on their relations.

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The Abrams Tanks Affair

US Arms' Concerns between Washington and Baghdad

United States’ arms deals with Iraq re-sparked controversy after Pentagon revealed that US-made arms fell into the hands of non-allies

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Overlapping Interests

Significance of Iraq’s Shifting Position on Russian Oil Investments

Baghdad sees obstacles to cancelling Russia’s agreements with Kurdistan at a time when it needs Russian companies’ investments.

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Urgent Drivers

Why Humanitarian Corridors Became Increasingly Vital in the Middle East

There is increasing talk, in literature and local contexts of ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, of humanitarian corridors.

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Pressing Issues

Why Crises Facing Doctors in the Middle East are Escalating

Crises suffered by medical doctors in several countries such as Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq and Turkey, escalated to varying degrees.

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Severe Risks

How Threats Posed by Tunnels Escalated in the Middle East

Consequences of regional instability in the Middle East have escalated as a result of a spread of extensive and long tunnel networks.

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Contrasting Messages

Why Iraq Launched Military Strikes inside Syria

Baghdad justified its strikes on Syria by highlighting Baghdad's interest in cracking down on ISIS inside Syrian territory.

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Aِِccess to Influence

Why Tehran Attaches Great Importance to Iraqi Legislative Elections

Tehran’s wide interest in the Iraqi elections is driven by the view that they represent the main access to sustaining Iran’s influence.

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Three Scenarios

Potential Trajectories for the Formation of Iraq’s Next Government

The scenario of a moderate shia bloc is the most likely one, because a general popular consensus among shia is difficult to occur.

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'The Dictatorship of Geography'

Correlation Between Regional Developments and Internal Protests in Jordan

The recent protests in several Jordanian cities have revealed the impact of regional crises, whether geopolitical or economic on Jordan

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Coping Mechanisms:

How Does ISIS Attempt to Cope with Defeat?

Despite heavy defeats and strong military strikes, ISIS and some of its affiliates and cells are continuing their terrorist operations.

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Training Tasks:

How NATO Plans to Restructure Its Military Presence in Post-ISIS Iraq

NATO’s training mission in Iraq is not expected to be easy, given the rejection of foreign military presence in the country by Shiites.

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