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Greatest Threat to Peace in Iraq Is Not Isis, It’s Trump Picking a Fight with Iran
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Greatest Threat to Peace in Iraq Is Not Isis, It’s Trump Picking a Fight with Iran
November 9, 2017

The greatest threat to the growing stability of Iraq is the differences between the US and Iran being fought out politically – and even militarily – in Iraq. The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in an interview with The Independent earlier this week that his greatest concern is a US-Iran crisis. He added that “it is not my job to solve their differences, but it is my job to prevent their confrontation inside Iraq”. He hoped that mutual denunciations by Washington and Tehran would turn out to be rhetorical.

Direct Rule: the Latest Weapon for Crumbling Governments
November 6, 2017

The recent imposition of direct rule by the Spanish government on the autonomous region of Catalonia is having a ripple effect across Europe and around the world.

Direct Rule: the Latest Weapon for Crumbling Governments
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Kurdistan, Catalonia and the Iran Deal: The Perils of Overreach
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Kurdistan, Catalonia and the Iran Deal: The Perils of Overreach
November 1, 2017

In just the past few weeks, two examples emerged to demonstrate the harmful consequences when political leaders overplay their hand and provoke harsh responses. One occurred in Iraqi Kurdistan, the other in Spain’s Catalonia region. Both entities now teeter on the brink of calamity. There also are pertinent lessons from those episodes for U.S. policymakers.

Middle East: Next Step Is Another Large-Scale War
October 16, 2017

October 16 is a deadline for Kurdish forces to withdraw from disputed positions, especially the city of Kirkuk, the main flashpoint of the dispute.

Middle East: Next Step Is Another Large-Scale War
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Kurdish Referendum Roils the Mideast
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Kurdish Referendum Roils the Mideast
October 9, 2017

The Kurdish referendum seeking independence from Iraq has created more uncertainty in the turbulent Mideast with Israel appearing to see value in the new chaos, reports ex-British diplomat Alastair Crooke.

Iraqi Kurdistan the Fly to Regional Spiders Turkey, Iraq, Iran
October 7, 2017

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan just visited Tehran and met with President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.

Iraqi Kurdistan the Fly to Regional Spiders Turkey, Iraq, Iran
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America Can’t Afford to Support an Independent Kurdistan or Taiwan
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America Can’t Afford to Support an Independent Kurdistan or Taiwan
October 5, 2017

Iraqi Kurdistan’s just-completed referendum regarding independence from Iraq has provoked an overwhelmingly negative response in the Middle East and beyond. There is no question that most Kurds support transforming their highly autonomous region in northern Iraq into an internationally recognized independent state. The “yes” vote in the referendum was a whopping 92 percent.

Why the Kurdish Independence Referendum Was a Miscalculation
October 3, 2017

The Iraqi government has banned international flights to the Kurdish capital Irbil from 6pm this Friday, isolating the Kurds in Iraq to a degree they have not experienced since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003. The isolation is political as well as geographical as traditional Kurdish allies, like the US, UK, France and Germany, have opposed the referendum on Kurdish independence while near neighbours in Turkey, Iran and Baghdad are moving to squeeze the Kurds into submission.

Why the Kurdish Independence Referendum Was a Miscalculation
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