Prisoner of the Deal: Nineveh’s Governor and Local State Capture

After two years of political turmoil in Nineveh, the appointment of the retired general Najm al-Jabouri as governor created a sense of optimism locally. Finally the province would be ruled by a popular and decisive figure who would restore a measure of public authority and legitimacy. His local credentials were... Read More

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

Amidst the sustained violence against Iraq’s protesters, the demonstrations have continued undeterred into their fifth month. In recent weeks, the protest movement has been forced to weather several tumultuous events. The American airstrike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi Hashd al-Sha’abi (PMF) Leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis revived anti-American... Read More

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

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 that Iran will ultimately dictate how Iraq’s... Read More

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

This blogpost, originally published by the London School of Economics Middle East Centre, is part of the LSE research project ‘Conflict Drivers within the Kurdistan Region of Iraq: The Role of Patronage Networks’ led by Mac Skelton and Zmkan Ali Saleem, examining the Kurdistan Regional Government’s patronage networks following the... Read More

Reintegration of Combatants in Iraq after ISIL

The campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) culminated on 9 December 2017 when Prime Minister Abadi declared that ISIL no longer controlled territory inside Iraq. After years of fighting, tens of thousands of combatants began to return home, many to communities affected by war and... Read More