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July 16, 2019

What are the main roadblocks holding back sustainable power sharing in Iraq, as hoped for by the drafters of Iraq's 2005 Constitution?  Two scholars illustrate that while Iraq's political arrangements are still contested regionally, internal governance challenges could...

July 5, 2019

Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abd’al-Mahdi issued a new executive order on July 1 that prohibits certain unauthorized activities being undertaken by elements of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF, or Hashd al-Sha’abi in Arabic). In combination with similar comments made...

February 7, 2019

Photo: Nineveh Plains Protection Units, in training. By Staff Sgt. Sergio Rangel.  

Every year since 2011, I interview Joel Wing, discussing developments in Iraq in the year ahead. To Iraq watchers, Joel is one of the most prolific writers and analysts of the...

September 28, 2018

The water crisis in Basra is now a serious humanitarian emergency. The metrics of Iraq's current crisis must form the basis of any meaningful discussion, these being the challenge of Iraq's demographic youth bulge, the supply and demand of water and electricity and the...

September 25, 2018

The following article is taken from a speech by Dr. Majeed Jawad al-Khatteeb,  delivered at the Higher Education Conference for the Development of Iraq, which was organised by the Iraqi Embassy in London on the 14th September 2018. Majeed Jawad al-Khatteeb is a Consult...

September 25, 2018

This is the first of two articles. The first post comprises an analysis of Iraq’s unemployment and anti-corruption challenges. The second article (forthcoming) covers national strategies and electricity tariff reform.

The recent protests in Iraq are another re...

August 17, 2018

Current analysis of renewed Iran sanctions often overlooks the wider context of Iraq's regional trading relations. 

The extent of Iraq’s compliance with US sanctions on Iran has raised concerns regarding the loss of Iranian exports to its economy. However, Iraq’s t...

June 19, 2018

The first in a series of articles by Iraqis looking at Iraq's prospects to 2030 comes from Dean Mousavi, Najaf. Here he argues that outmoded socialist governance is an unsustainable drag on the Iraqi economy. 

Iraq’s Vision 2030, a project to diversify the economy away...

May 18, 2018

A number of recent articles have suggested the "victory" of Sairoon, a coalition led by Moqtada al-Sadr and including the Iraqi Communist Party, will herald a new era for Iraq. If the recent past is anything to go by, reform will continue to be an uphill struggle. 

It w...

March 23, 2018

As part of a series of articles on the 15th anniversary of the Iraq war, we invited Joel Wing to discuss the aftermath of one of the most divisive conflicts of modern times. Joel has been writing the blog Musings on Iraq since 2008. 

Readers familiar with Musi...

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