• A New Phase in the USA–Iran Conflict in Iraq

    Developments in both domestic and international policies in Iraq, which seeks stability, order and security after four years of conflict with ISIS, keep tensions in the country constantly high. After the elections on 12 May 2018, the result of which...

  • Dynamics of the Delicate Process in Iraq

    Iraq entered 2019 with a new government. However, some of the ministries within the cabinet have yet to be identified. After the parliamentary elections held following May 2018, Adil Abdul-Mahdi, who was designated as the prime minister candidate of...

  • 2018 Assessment of Iraq: Where to After ISIS?

    On 9 December 2017, Iraq’s former Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced the end of the almost three and a half years of fighting ISIS and 2018 marked the beginning of a new era for Iraq as a year of elections.  Despite the military...

  • What is going on in Idlib?

    Amid new year celebrations in Idlib, moderate factions are busy preparing for the battles in Manbij and eastern Euphrates, while Hayat Tahrir al-Sham HTS -former al-Nusra front – has launched an assault on Nureddine Al-Zenki faction, one of...

  • The Quagmire of Civil War: Turkey Should Take Its Time Before Accepting the Christmas Gift!

    The civil war in Syria enters its eighth year without reaching tangible and sustainable resolutions to pending issues, all that have been achieved through Geneva, Astana and Sochi platforms have been fragile and could collapse sooner or later. Amid...

  • What can Turkey do in the east of the Euphrates?

    Following the Idlib agreement, Turkish focus in Syria has been shifted towards Manbij and the east of the Euphrates River. President Erdoğan signalled this by saying “We will construct new safe zones in YPG-held areas” following the ...

  • What does the Kayseri Bazaar burned in Kirkuk mean?

    On the night of November 26, 2018, a huge fire broke out in a historical building known as the “Kayseri Bazaar” in Kirkuk. More than 400 stores inside and outside the bazaar have been affected by the fire and serious damage has occurred...

  • There is a Right Way to Avert the Worst Humanitarian Tragedy in Syria: NATO Partners Must Coordinate

    On Saturday 24th of November 2018, pro-Assad forces bombed residential neighborhood in Jarjanaz; in eastern countryside of Idlib. The heavy artillery had hit school children at al-Khansaa school, leaving 7 students and 2 women dead; as well as...

  • Sochi Agreement on Idlib is at a Critical Stage

    In an atmosphere where the Syrian regime backed up by Russia and Iran is indispensably expected to carry out an operation in Idlib, Turkey and Russia took an initiative and put the Sochi agreement, that envisages the continuation of the...

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A New Phase in the USA–Iran Conflict in Iraq

Developments in both domestic and international policies in Iraq, which seeks stability, order and security after four years of conflict with...

Dynamics of the Delicate Process in Iraq

Iraq entered 2019 with a new government. However, some of the ministries within the cabinet have yet to be identified. After the parliamentary...

2018 Assessment of Iraq: Where to After ISIS?

On 9 December 2017, Iraq’s former Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced the end of the almost three and a half years of fighting ISIS and...

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Christchurch Terror Attack, Brenton Tarrant’s Manifesto and the New Face of Terrorism

The terror attack carried out by Brenton Tarrant in New Zealand on March 15 has claimed the lives of 49 Muslims as of the time of writing at Al...

2018 Parliamentary Elections and The Future of the KRG

Following long-lasting debates and a oneyear delay in the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), regional parliamentary elections were held on...

Iran-Iraq Transboundary Water Relations and Turkey

Iraq’s inability to break the vicious circle of war, embargo, occupation and civil war that the country has been experiencing since 1980 is...

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Khashoggi 's Death and its Repercussions on the Saudi Position With Turkey

The Saudi-Turkish relations have fluctuated between durability and deterioration, partnership and competition. As there are good relations in...

Trump-European Union and Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The division of opinion between the US and the EU (European Union) on issues such as commercial relations and nuclear settlement with Iran as a...

ISIS’ Transformation and New Challenges Ahead

Whereas ISIS suffered from serious territorial losses in the last several years and its propaganda machine has experienced a significant loss of...