Assessing Iraqi Kurdistan's Stability: How Patronage Shapes Conflict

The Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) has generally lacked the security incidents common throughout the country since 2003. Yet, tension between the main political parties ruling over the region – the Erbil-based Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Sulaimani-based Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) – has increasingly come to the... Read More

Why Iraq’s Protesters Won’t Go Home: 10 Voices from the Movement

**تتوفر ادناه نسخة من المقال باللغة العربية** Iraqi protesters’ resilience and commitment to their objectives have arguably been unmatched in Iraq’s modern history. To better understand the remarkable durability of the movement, IRIS reached out to 10 protesters and activists from several provinces (e.g., Baghdad, Najaf, Anbar), some of whom... Read More

The US Presence in Iraq: Emerging Positions of Iraqi Political Parties

**تتوفر ادناه نسخة من المقال باللغة العربية** Amidst the ongoing policy conversation about US-Iran escalations and the consequences for the American presence in the region, scant attention has been given to the nuances of the positions of different Iraqi political factions on these matters. Perhaps this is because policymakers assume... Read More

The Kurdish Duopoly: The Political Economy of Two-Party Rule

The violence and political instability of the post 2003 era has generated a shifting set of alliances and blocs throughout much of Iraq, with the exception of the Kurdish region, which has witnessed a repeated reassertion of the longstanding norm: The region is co-ruled by a two-party duopoly under two... Read More