Staff Publications

While the frontline with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) lies only 4.5 kilometers south of Sinjar, a potentially more dangerous threat looms much closer to home. Parts of northern...
The Islamic State is finally being forced out of the country, but anarchy is taking over. Originally published in Foreign Policy by IRIS Director Christine van den Toorn on February 22, 2016...
The town of Sulaiman Bek epitomizes a major challenge facing Iraq: IS has been ousted, but ethno-sectarian politics are preventing displaced civilians from returning. Originally published in Iraq...
Power struggles among rival Kurdish forces, several backed by the U.S., are frustrating a long-planned offensive to retake the city whose sacking drew the world’s attention to the IS invasion....
Political deadlock within the Kurdistan Regional Government is hindering the shift from an executive to a parliamentary system. Originally published in Carnegie's Sada Journal by IRIS Director...
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