Iraq


A Week After Resignation Announcement, Hariri Vows To Return To Lebanon “Very Soon”

In his first television interview since his shock resignation as Prime Minister about a week ago, Saad Hariri pledged to return to Lebanon from Saudi Arabia “very soon” via his party’s Future TV. He denied rumours that he was under house arrest in Saudi Arabia, saying that he was free […]


Hariri Announces Shock Resignation, Raising Prospects Of Potential Political Turmoil In Lebanon And Beyond

Saad Hariri unexpectedly resigned as Prime Minister of Lebanon this past Saturday, citing Iran’s influence in his country and across the Middle East, whilst also claiming he feared the same fate as late father, Rafik Hariri who was assassinated in 2005.  His speech, which was broadcast from the Saudi Arabia, […]


Escalation Of The Crisis In Kirkuk

As the Islamic State’s (ISIS) influence in the Middle East, and in the international system as a whole seems to be declining, internal conflict between Kurdish groups and the Iraqi government are resuming their historical tension, with hostilities especially high in Iraqi Kurdistan and Kirkuk. On September 25, the Kurdistan […]


An Iraqi Kurdistan State? Realities Behind A Century-Old Dream

One month after Kurdistan’s historic referendum to secede from Iraq, the outlines of a looming regional conflict seem to have materialised more clearly. This past September, Iraq and the world witnessed the result of the referendum in which the proto-state overwhelmingly and unsuprisingly voted for full independent statehood. This seceding […]


Kurdish Independence: Iran, Iraq, And Turkey Form A “Military Triangle”

A rare sight for the highly polarized Middle East region in which the interests of a number of historic rivals may be converging. A series of meetings between high-ranking officials appear to indicate that Turkey and Iran, along with Iraq, are moving forward with an alliance of convenience, despite supporting […]


Turkey Warns Iraqi Kurds It Will Shut Airspace And Impose Border Controls

On Thursday, October 5th, 2017, Turkey issued a fresh warning to Iraqi Kurdish leaders, threatening to close its border with northern Iraq and shut its airspace after Kurds voted in favour of independence. “Flights to northern Iraq have already been suspended, the airspace and borders will also close soon,” Mr. Erdogan […]


Iraq Refuses To Discuss Results Of Kurdish Independence Referendum

The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has stated that his government will not hold discussions with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in relation to the referendum on Kurdistan independence from Northern Iraq because he views it as unconstitutional. He has also expressed a willingness to impose punitive measures on the […]