December 17, 2019

Main image: General Othman Ghanami, commander of the 8th infantry division, meets fellow sheikhs in Diwaniyah, 2008. Credit: Timothy J. Villareal


As the Iraqi protest movement continues with no end in sight, a growing number of tribal threats and ultimatums...

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

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...

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...

January 19, 2018

This is the first article of two focusing on the Iraqi economy until 2030. Part one looks at oil prices and power generation. Part 2 will look at the electricity sector and different approaches to privatisation

Scepticism of privatisation is an enduring global phenomeno...

October 2, 2017

Many of us who follow events in Iraq closely have been particularly vocal in praising the victory of the Iraqi government in Mosul. Militarily, it was an impressive rebound for the Iraqi army after the disasters of 2014, and where possible, it was achieved with maximum...

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