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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