Politics

A focus on what drives and determines political power in the region.



Emma Pearson and Katie Welsford
on : Friday, 4 Jul, 2014

In the Path of ISIS

Not often does an organizational re-branding impact on the political dynamics of an entire region. But when the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) declared its new identity as the “Islamic State” on June 29 and called on factions to declare their allegiance to it, fears of an expanding caliphate, with ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi as caliph, shook the region. In Baghdad, the residents have been battening down the hatches, waiting with a sense of dread to hear the latest news of IS...

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Shahir Shahid Saless
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on : Saturday, 21 Jun, 2014

Rouhani and his Opponents

Despite a decisive victory in Iran’s last presidential election, Hassan Rouhani has faced a number of attacks on his foreign and domestic policies from within the Iranian political establishment. Although he has—so far—been backed by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Rouhani’s opponents have continued to criticize him from the sidelines, a reminder of how byzantine Iranian politics can be. Bearing this in mind, it would be a mistake to view the struggle for power...

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Bashdar Pusho Ismaeel
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on : Wednesday, 18 Jun, 2014

Counting on the Kurds

Large shockwaves are reverberating across Iraq and the whole Middle East as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continues its sweep through large parts of northern Iraq....

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James Denselow
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on : Tuesday, 10 Jun, 2014

Bartering over Iraq’s Future

Elections in Iraq have become a test of acquiring and maintaining power rather than a national debate as to how power could or should be exercised in the best interests of the ...

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Mina Al-Droubi
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on : Thursday, 1 May, 2014

Standing Up for Iraq’s Turkmen

The Turkmen, Iraq’s third-largest ethnic group, are mainly clustered in northern Iraq, including the disputed city of Kirkuk. Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (K...

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Dov Friedman
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on : Tuesday, 29 Apr, 2014

Losing Erbil

Can flight timetables tell us anything about international politics? Five nights a week, wheels go up just after midnight from Istanbul’s Atatürk International Airport and touch...

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Soner Cagaptay
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on : Wednesday, 16 Apr, 2014

The Liberals in Erdoğan’s Wake

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan may still be the most popular leader in Turkey, but the bloom is off the rose when it comes to his image as the man changing Turkey. That b...

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Nabila Ramdani
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on : Friday, 11 Apr, 2014

Old Powers in a New Poll

Images of a frail old man insisting he is fit to govern will do little to persuade Algerian voters that Abdelaziz Bouteflika is the president to lead them forward into a democr...

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Christian Emery
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on : Thursday, 20 Mar, 2014

What’s a Civil War between Friends?

Iran and Hamas seem to have repaired a two-year rift between them, one that threatened to bankrupt the militant Palestinian group and undermined Iran’s claim to be the foremost s...

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Andrew Bowen
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on : Tuesday, 11 Mar, 2014

A Crimean Quid Pro Quo

The unfolding scenes of street protests, violence and demonstrations in Independence Square in Kiev and the subsequent flight of Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych from hi...

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