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Muqtada al-Sadr: A Way into the Arab World?

Shiite Leader Seeks to Return Iraq to its Arab Family Muqtada al-Sadr is a descendent of the religious Sadr dynasty, a prominent family of Shiite intellectuals. He is one of a small number of politicians who possess significant influence in modern Iraq and who are capable of inspiring ...


Is it time for Moscow’s “Kurdish Policy” in Iraq?

... return to the Middle East and the increasing role that Kurdish political forces are playing in the region, Moscow has started to shape its “Kurdish policy”. In addition, over the last year, Russia’s energy companies have boosted their presence in Iraqi Kurdistan. Old Comrades Russia has traditionally maintained contacts with Kurdish political forces in various parts of the region. The unresolved Kurdish question periodically affected the agenda in Moscow. Since the late XIX century, Russia has ...


Ambassador of Iraq to Russia: the War against Islamic State in Iraq is Won

With the continuous fight against Islamic State a lot of attention is paid to Syria and Iraq as well as Russia’s involvement in the process. Haidar Hadi, the Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to Russia, comments on the ways Islamic State should be fought, Russia-Iraq cooperation in the energy sector as well as the areas in bilateral relations ...


After Mosul: Russia & the ‘Kurdish Question’ in Iraq

As the three-year campaign to forcefully remove the Islamic State from Iraqi borders appears to have shifted toward Baghdad’s favor, perennial issues tied to Kurdish statehood are expected to reemerge amidst the backdrop of a rapidly changing regional order. In early June 2017, Masoud Barzani - President of Iraq’s Kurdistan ...


Why Russia Must Pressure Libya to Reduce its Oil Production

... of ambitious energy-related infrastructure projects in Libya would highlight Moscow’s status as an arbiter on energy-related issues within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). This agreement would also increase pressure on non-compliant states like Iraq, to adopt similar measures, even though gaining full cooperation from Baghdad is complicated by the Iraqi government’s lack of jurisdiction over Iraqi Kurdish oil contracts.   In short, Russia has a major opportunity at the August 7-8 Abu Dhabi ...


Breaking the U.S.-Russia Impasse: Keeping the Door Open to Dialogue

... Turkey and other states help mediate the Syrian conflict while ultimately bringing the Syrians, Iranians and Saudis into a peace accord? How should the U.S., Russia, and Europeans deal with the conflict between Turkey, Syria and the Kurds, and between Iraq and the Kurds, given Turkish, Syrian, and Iraqi option to the possibility that the Kurds might use the Syrian conflict to achieve independence in differing regions? Can a loose Kurdish confederation — that does not challenge existing borders — ...


The Emerging Trump Doctrine of Strategic Savvy

... James Mattis, USMC. In addition, the US was given logistical help by Russian President Vladimir Putin, then Bush’s strategic partner. Within three months, the US had defeated its foe, liberated Kabul, and changed the regime. 2003 War of Choice in Iraq But afterwards, as Paula Broadwell observed, the initial brilliant success in Afghanistan “was squandered when the US marched headlong into Iraq in early 2003.” Instead of finishing the war of necessity in Afghanistan, Washington entered into ...


The Syrian Armed Forces Seven Years into the Conflict: From a Regular Army to Volunteer Corps

... reverse the course of the war, “Shiite jihadists” started to emerge in the country during this period. They have since become an integral part of the regime’s armed forces. The most famous of these groups are Lebanon’s Hezbollah and numerous Iraqi groups, such as Liwa al-Zulfiqar and Liwa Asadullah al-Ghalib, which emerged as the followers of the Shiite jihad “pioneers” in Syria from the Iraqi forces – Liwa Abu Fadl al-Abbas and a conglomerate of Iraqi Shiite groups associated with ...


How Obama’s Legacy in the Middle East is Shaping Trump’s Policy

... the Oval Office in 2008 with the goal of reshaping the US engagement in the Middle East after the damaging eight years of George Bush’s policy in the region. All in all, in 2008 he inherited the two longest wars in the US history in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as a dysfunctional state system of the region. Barack Obama set very ambitious tasks for himself – ending the two wars was only the first step of his policy. He aimed at bringing an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, build a constructive ...


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