Iraq

Iran’s energy diplomacy
Iran’s energy diplomacy
Much is made of Iran’s use of proxy or allied groups to exert “hard power” influence throughout the Middle East where Tehran believes its interests are under threat (Lebanon), or…
Did 9/11 change our world?
Interactives
Did 9/11 change our world?
We asked six experts, “Did 9/11 define our world? If so, how? If not, what did?” After each of their responses to these questions, editor Lydia Khalil challenges the experts…
“Repair and Build”: Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq
“Repair and Build”: Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq
The chronicles recount that, while praying in the little dilapidated church of San Damiano, Saint Francis of Assisi heard a voice: “Francis, go repair my church, which as you can…
UN report on US killing of Iranian commander misses the mark
UN report on US killing of Iranian commander misses the mark
In the early hours of 3 January 2020, missiles fired from US drones killed ten people near Baghdad airport. Drone strikes by the US are almost commonplace these days, but what…
Need To Know: Brett McGurk on America’s strategy to defeat ISIS
Need To Know: Brett McGurk on America’s strategy to defeat ISIS
Given the increasingly familiarity of video conferencing during working from home arrangements, we thought to take the opportunity to commence a new series of interviews with key…
Middle East dispatch: A paper closes, a rift opens, Syria slips
Middle East dispatch: A paper closes, a rift opens, Syria slips
Out of print In the latest casualty of Lebanon’s ongoing political crisis, the country’s only national English-language newspaper, The Daily Star, has temporarily ceased…
The Kurds are again caught in the crossfire, now between US and Iran
The Kurds are again caught in the crossfire, now between US and Iran
In the immediate aftermath of the Soleimani strike, Iran’s first act of retaliation was to launch 22 missiles against the US base at the Ain al-Assad airbase,…
Sistani: The (not-so) hidden hand behind Iraqi politics
Sistani: The (not-so) hidden hand behind Iraqi politics
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has been a consistently powerful and decisive force in Iraq’s ongoing political transition. His role in Iraq has been closely observed over the…
Trump’s troop withdrawal and what’s next for Islamic State
Trump’s troop withdrawal and what’s next for Islamic State
Sceptical of US interests in the Middle East, averse to military deployments and non-committal to the value of alliances, US President Donald Trump has repeatedly said he will…
Iraq protests: The cost of corruption and failed reforms
Iraq protests: The cost of corruption and failed reforms
Since the start of October, large-scale protests have rocked Iraq, killing more than a hundred people and wounding thousands. Iraqis are frustrated with high unemployment, the…