Maliki’s Dijla Blunder

November 6, 2012

The formation of the Dijla Operations Command is yet another indication of Maliki’s inability to solve problems and his lack of vision for doing so through diplomatic or political means. It also indicates his lack of interest in the talks being held between Baghdad and Erbil and in any real rapprochement between Kurds and...
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A Different Delegation in Baghdad

October 26, 2012

Another delegation is in Baghdad, but this time there is a difference. It follows a long period of crisis that nearly toppled Maliki, had him attempting to threaten the region, and had neighbors interfering in favor of one side or the other. The new delegation in Baghdad now knows that relations between the two...
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Arms for Iraq’s Security, or for International Shia Security?

October 17, 2012

The arms shopping spree that the prime minister is on will not secure the country. It will be seen as an attempt to strengthen his position and use it as an important “component” of what some call “international Shia security.” Creating a sense of ownership among people for their country, providing leadership and creating...
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The Turkish Leader And The Iraqi Ruler

October 2, 2012

The congress of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) demonstrated the difference between the prime minister of Iraq and the prime minister of Turkey. With every new turn of events in Turkey and the Middle East, Erdogan’s position as “prime minister of everyone” in Turkey is strengthened and tries to transcend ethnic and sectarian...
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Freedom of Expression Between the Authority and the Media

September 26, 2012

Last week, Adnan Osman, a Kurdish MP from the Change Movement (Gorran), wrote an article about the bad relationship between the press and the parliament in the Kurdistan Region. He asked us journalists to uproot the “freedom of expression tree” that I received as a media award in London earlier this year and decided...
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A New Oil Deal

September 17, 2012

A recent agreement between Kurdistan Region’s minister of natural resources and key ministers in Baghdad over the oil problem is an important step in the right direction. But it remains an agreement prone to collapsing if it is not quickly followed by other steps that capitalize on this progress and move the issue a...
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