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America’s Iran sanctions complicate Iraqi politics

  • Iraq’s caretaker Prime Minister Haider Abadi has had a difficult fortnight. On Aug. 7, US President Donald Trump reinstated sanctions on Iran following America’s withdrawal from the nuclear agreement. The president’s executive order banned the use of US dollars by Iran and barred imports of Ira...
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Arab leaders boosted by Putin’s backing at Helsinki summit

  • While policymakers and commentators are still trying to understand what happened at the Helsinki summit between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin last week and what it means for the Middle East, some matters have become clear.  Before the summit, the US and I...
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Libyan politics to get vicious as elections loom

  • The leaders of Libya’s principal political groups met in Paris on Tuesday with the aim of reconciling their differences, affirming the unity of their fractured country, and giving their desperate people the prospect of peace after seven years of bloodshed and destruction. The meeting ...
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Iraq’s elections portend grave uncertainties

  • Two developments with long-term implications for Middle East stability will take place on May 12: One, President Donald Trump will very likely announce the US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement with Iran; and two, the Iraqi people will go to the polls to elect 329 members to the national par...
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The opportunities and dangers of Iraq’s post-Daesh election

  • Iraq will in May elect members to its Council of Representatives, which will decide the future shape of a country that has endured war, occupation and external interference for nearly 40 years. This period of conflict may be ending: Prime Minister Haider Abadi declared victory over Daesh in July...
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China and India should stop competing and work together

  • China is today the world’s largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity; in terms of market exchange rates it is expected to overtake the US by 2030. Its spectacular economic success has been largely fueled by oil and gas: its share in global oil consumption rose from 4 percent in 1993 to...
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Turkey complicates the Syrian imbroglio

  • Turkish armed forces, backed by their Syrian opposition allies, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), are making slow progress in their month-long attempt to take the northern Syrian town of Afrin from the Kurds under the mis-named Operation Olive Branch. At least 31 Turkish soldiers have been killed and...
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Before our eyes, Libya descends into chaos

  • The day after two bomb blasts killed 40 people in Benghazi, Libya, last month, local military commander Mahmoud Al-Werfalli, already wanted for war crimes by the European Union, publicly executed 12 people in his custody. Five more bodies were discovered the day after, with notices attached to...
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After Saleh, Yemen is descending into anarchy

  • The prospects of peace in Yemen have receded, as the death of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh has not significantly changed the balance of power between the contending forces in the country. The Yemeni people have suffered as a result of years of instability caused by widespread civil con...
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The Kurdish referendum portends ethnic conflict

  • On Sept. 25, Iraqi Kurds voted overwhelmingly to secede from Iraq and set up an independent state. The referendum had been announced in July by Masoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Over the last two months, the Iraqi government headed by Prime Minister Haidar Al...
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