Posts Tagged ‘ Iraq ’

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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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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Turkey: The Sick Man of the Middle East

September 3, 2012

By the time this article is published, CIA Director David Petraeus will be in Turkey, according to the Turkish daily Aksam. Petraeus is to conduct talks with Turkish officials on the situation in Syria and the fight against terrorism. The visit will highlight a number of important issues in U.S.-Turkish relations. But the question...
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The Real Threat: Water

August 26, 2012

Among all the political, economic and diplomatic crises of the country, internally and with its neighbors, another serious crisis is looming. The water shortage has a direct impact on the livelihood of the country, both in the center and south of Iraq and in Kurdistan. It is related to neighboring countries and has internal...
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The Timing and Place of Barzani’s Speech

July 30, 2012

President Barzani’s speech about the current crisis with Baghdad and the issues surrounding the removal of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was right in that it answered his critics, but it should have been given to a different audience, in a different place, at a different time and in a different language. The speech...
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