The Last Piece of the Puzzle: Achieving Lasting Stability in Post ISIS Jalawla

This IRIS Iraq Report, titled "The Last Piece of the Puzzle: Achieving Lasting Stability in post-ISIS Jalawla," is the product of two trips to Jalawla made by IRIS Director, Christine van den Toorn, since it was liberated from ISIS. There was significant progress from the first trip in Spring 2015 to the second just last month, April 2016: the town was secured and half the population has returned, much because of “bottom-up” approach involving a local political deal between rival forces and the efforts of local actors.

The restoration of stability in liberated areas is bound to become a priority for policymakers in Iraq, as well as for international actors active in the country. This report makes the case that Jalawla, a sub-district of Khanaqin in Diyala province, may provide some important answers for how to handle these challenges of securing and in the future.

"Jalawla, a subdistrict of Khanaqin in Diyala province, may provide some important answers for how to handle these challenges in the future. The town is a microcosm of some of the wider political, territorial and economic challenges facing Iraqi authorities, and the measures taken there to restore stability after it was liberated from ISIS in November 2014 offer salutary lessons for Iraqi authorities, both in terms of how to achieve success, and the longer-term obstacles that will need to be overcome in order to consolidate it areas of the country that are disputed between the federal government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)." 

 

You can access the full report by clicking here or on the image below.

 

Reference: van den Toorn, Christine. "The Last Piece of the Puzzle: Achieving Lasting Stability in Post ISIS Jalwala.” IRIS Iraq Report. Institute of Regional and International Studies. May 22, 2016. URL: http://auis.edu.krd/iris/sites/default/files/IIR6_CVDT_The%20Last%20Piece%20of%20the%20Puzzle-Stability%20in%20Jalawla.pdf