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...

March 22, 2018

"The Americans squandered the occupation. I was with US forces in southern Iraq and in Baghdad in late March, early April 2003 and I saw people welcoming them and clapping, throwing flowers, throwing rice. I saw it with my own eyes, nobody could tell me it didn’t happe...

March 16, 2018

Bradley Brincka is a former US Army officer who previously worked with Yazda, a Yazidi NGO in Iraqi Kurdistan in 2016 as well as the Free Burma Rangers in Mosul from January to May 2017. During that time, he witnessed the aftermath of the Yazidi genocide and the re-eme...

February 2, 2018

The case for Kurdish independence is often based on notions of promised statehood in the new state of Iraq by colonial powers post WWI[i], which stumbled at the Treaty of Sèvres. The subsequent history of discrimination by successive Iraqi governments and in particular...

January 23, 2018

Above: CTS board Iraqi Army Mi-17, 2011. (Photo credit: Andrew Jacob, US Special Operations Task Force-Central.)  

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi announced Iraq as fully liberated from ISIS in December 2017, although there were still a few ISIS pockets in remote...

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...

January 8, 2018

Recent events in the Middle East provide another reminder of how important it is that people can protest peacefully.

In December, as many as 10 demonstrators were killed in the Kurdish Region of Iraq (KRI) and over 300 arrested by Kurdish security forces, while Kurdish...

January 3, 2018

Should printing presses be licensed by the government?  The answer is a good test of your posture towards authoritarianism and bureaucracy.  A 1999 resolution of the Iraqi Revolutionary Command Council headed by Saddam Hussein required licensing of all private printing...

December 20, 2017

At the end of November, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi publicly declared a new “war on corruption” in Iraq. Given the timing of this announcement, the new policy to reduce corruption, especially the misuse of public funds, will be a key pillar of his 2018 re-election c...

November 3, 2017

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Between February 2017 and mid-October, Rosneft signed a number of deals with the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) that established for it, and by ext...

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