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The Man Who Would be King: Muqtada al-Sadr’s Legitimation in the Iraqi Shi’a Field


Western media and analysts have scrambled to ask, “Who is Muqtada al-Sadr?” Harvard Divinity School student Ryan Zoellner offers an analysis of the Iraqi leader.


Tormented in Our Land: The Reality of the Christian Existence in Iraq


Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda sheds light on the reality of Christian lives in Iraq today.

Gender, Race and Identity

Book Review: Between Muslims: Religious Difference in Iraqi Kurdistan


Nicole Plante reviews Bard College Professor Andrew Bush’s new book: Between Muslims: Difference in Iraqi Kurdistan

Gender, Race and Identity

Colonial Designs, Arab Dreams, and the Making of the Modern Middle East


H.D. Wright provides an analysis of the European diplomatic engagements that pulled apart existing territories and forced them between the borders of new states, sealing a nearly inevitable destiny of domestic strife.

Understanding the Kurdish Student Protests


Sarkawt Shamsulddin provides his insights on the recent student protests in Kurdistan, what led to them, and what they mean for the region.

Persistent Impunity Raises Concerns Around Iraqi Elections & Democracy


Ghazi Ghazi sits down with Sally Bachori, one of the founding members of Ending Impunity in Iraq to learn more about the organization and their grassroots movement.

Bill Kristol Can’t Teach Us Anything


Kristol’s unapologetic role as a driving force behind the Iraq War, as an advocate of violence throughout the Middle East, and as a promoter of hateful discrimination make him unfit to teach in our community and serve as an IOP Fellow.


Guilty by Association: The Fate of ISIL Families in Iraq


BY JOHN MILLOCK   In December 2017, Iraq’s government declared victory over the Islamic State (ISIL), ending more than three years of ISIL’s brutal occupation of large swaths of Iraq. Yet for the 2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq today, the conflict is far from over.[1] This is especially true for ordinary Iraqi […]

Repeating History: An Iraqi-American’s Appeal to Avoid War with Iran


Though I was born at a time when Iran and Iraq were at war with each other, no conflict has been more formative to my identity than the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. Years after Secretary of State Colin Powell delivered his now infamous address at the U.N. accusing Iraq of threatening the post-9/11 world […]

International Relations and Security
KRG Independence Rally, Creative Commons

Event review: an ambassador without a country


Kurdistan Regional Government Rep. Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman discusses Kurdish politics since the KRG’s 2017 independence referendum and the Erbil-Baghdad relationship at Harvard Law School.

International Relations and Security

Podcast: Jamal Khashoggi’s murder by Saudi operatives, challenges face Iraq’s new government


In this episode of the Middle East Weekly podcast, we discuss the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of Saudi agents in Istanbul, the formation of and challenges facing Iraq’s new government, the re-instatement of sanctions on Iran, and an election boycott in Bahrain. Khashoggi was murdered when he visited the Saudi […]

Human Rights

From deadlock to deadline: Iraq’s new government faces pressure to reform


Newly minted President Barham Salih and Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi have one year to enact reform on pressing domestic issues, especially utility services and unemployment. If the government fails to implement changes, it may face another series of popular uprisings.

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