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Trouble Brewing in Kurdish-Controlled Kirkuk

Published on July 1st, 2014 | by Guest

by Mohammed A. Salih* Ebril — The Kurdish flag is flying high in the wind from the rooftop of an old brick house inside Kirkuk’s millennia-old citadel, as Rashid – a stern-looking man sitting behind a machine ... Read More



Iraqi Turmoil And the Global Oil Market

Published on June 30th, 2014 | by Sara Vakhshouri

by Sara Vakhshouri On Saturday June 21, Iraq’s largest refinery at Baiji finally succumbed to the forces of the radical Sunni militant group, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, often referred to as ... Read More



Which Is Worse for Saudi Arabia, ISIS or Maliki?

Published on June 29th, 2014 | by Thomas Lippman

by Thomas Lippman Has King Abdullah backed away from his longstanding refusal to have anything to do with an Iraqi government that includes Nouri al-Maliki? Reporters who were in Jeddah when Abdullah met with Secretary of ... Read More



U.S.: What Is the Greatest Threat of Them All?

Published on June 28th, 2014 | by Jim Lobe

by Jim Lobe* This month’s stunning campaign by Sunni insurgents led by the radical Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIL) against the mainly Shi’a government of Iraqi President Nouri Al-Maliki is stoking a growing ... Read More



Iraq: Relearning Forgotten Lessons

Published on June 28th, 2014 | by Henry Precht

by Henry Precht The Blame Game on Iraq threatens to eclipse the popularity of the World Cup — at least among American self-nominated experts on that poor country. Where have we heard those authoritative voices before — Kristol, ... Read More



Rouhani’s First Year

Published on June 27th, 2014 | by Farideh Farhi

by Farideh Farhi Ten months into office, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has proven adept at isolating his hard-line critics and maintaining the political alliance that brought him to power. Skepticism regarding his ability to deliver on ... Read More

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