Bilgay Duman

Biography

He was born in 1983 in Ankara. He has been carrying on his doctoral study at Abant İzzet Baysal University, Department of International Relations Ph.D Program since 2011. He wrote his postgraduate thesis on “The Turkmen and Kirkuk in post-Saddam Period”. His articles and interviews have been published in various media agencies and organizations, on national and international press. In addition to a great number of conferences he attended, he has frequently carried out field studies in the Middle East, and also he took part in international watchdog teams and served as UN electoral watchdog during the elections in Iraq and Afghanistan. He continues to serve as a Middle East Specialist in ORSAM.

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,...

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...

Where is the Government Formation Process in Iraq headed to?

In addition to the efforts to form a government after the controversial parliamentary elections held on 12 May 2018, in Iraq, there are still...

What do the Protests in Iraq Point to?

After the political crisis following the objections to the election results, rising due to the allegations of vote rigging in the Iraqi parliamentary...

PKK Presence in Iraq and Turkey’s Fight Against Terrorism

Terrorist PKK activity has increased observably in the region following the gains made by its extension, the PYD, after the events of 2011 in Syria....

Political Dynamics and Changing Balances in Iraq After The Elections

Iraq seems to have drifted into a new political, security and administrative crisis following the parliamentary elections on May 12, 2018. The...

Government Negotiations and New Alliances in Iraq

On May 12th 2018, the people of Iraq went to the polls to elect the parliament that will form the government which is expected to govern the country...

Iraq in the aftermath of the Elections and Expectations

The Iraqi people went to the polls on May 12, 2018, to choose the parliament that would form the government to rule the country for four years. The...

Iraqi Parliamentary Elections in Kirkuk: Light of Field Observations

As ORSAM team, we had the opportunity to stay in Kirkuk and observe the parliamentary elections held in Iraq on 12 May 2018 Iraq there. There are...

Politics in the KRG Towards the 2018 Election

With the beginning of the process regarding the independence referendum held in the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) on September 25th 2017,...

Current Situation in Iraq in the Light of Field Observations

As ORSAM team, we conducted a field study in Najaf, Karbala and Baghdad provinces of Iraq for a period of 10 days in order to "investigate the...

Evaluation of 2017: Iraq Changed by ISIS

On November 21, 2017, Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi explained that ISIS was militarily over in Iraq with the recapture of Rawa, a village of...

A new post-referendum process in KRG: Changing Balances

The domestic politics of Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) literally witnesses a chaos in the referendum process. It is seen that a new political...

Turkmens' Rising Political Power in Iraq

After the referendum held on September 25, 2017 in the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), balances in Iraqi politics seem to have quickly...

Turkey’s Iraq Policy and Future Relations

The developments taking place before, during and after US intervention in Iraq caused Iraq to become one of the most important foreign policy...

Is the end of Masoud Barzani Period?

The operation of the Iraqi security forces, which started on October 15th in Kirkuk, and the developments taking place following it, have attracted...

The future of PUK after Jalal Talabani

The decease of Jalal Talabani, one of the significant figures of the Middle Eastern, Iraqi and Kurdish politics, will lead to important consequences...

What is Happening in the Referendum Spiral in Kirkuk?

Following the decision of the head of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Masoud Barzani to hold an independence referendum, extremely tense times...

Risk of "Multilateral Conflict" in Post-DAESH Iraq

On October 17, 2016 Iraqi security forces, along with the International Coalition Against DAESH Forces, launched an operation to reclaim one of the...

Conditions of Turkmen Immigrants of Talafar in Najaf and Karbala in The Light of Field Observations

Following ISIS' control over regions of Mosul, Anbar, Titkrit and Diyala a significant movement of migration has begun. In addition to internally...

Hashd al-Shaabi's Border Operation and Regional Equation

While the process of struggle against ISIS in Iraq has focused on the operation carried out in the west side of the city center of Mosul, it has...

Latest Situation in Kirkuk and KRG's Domestic Politics in The Light of Field Observations

An ORSAM team carried out a field study in April in Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Kirkuk. During the field study, the team members also had...

Is Flag the only Problem in Kirkuk?

As one of the most controversial regions in Iraq, Kirkuk has once again become the main topic of national, regional and international agenda. While...

What 2016 meant for Iraq: the fight against ISIS and Government Crisis

2016 was one of the most critical years for Iraq. As the fight against ISIS continued, the main agenda items of the country were domestic political...

Redressing Balances in Iraq

While the focal point of the international politics is the Syrian war and searches for political solutions, the balances are redressed in Iraq, which...

Iraqi Government and Turkmens’ Situation

While the fight against ISIS and the Mosul operation are ongoing in Iraq, new ministers have been appointed to the Ministries of Interior and Defense...

Where to in Turkey-Iraq Relations?

It appears that Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım’s choice of Iraq for the first official visit of 2017 will start a new phase in Turkey-Iraq rel...

Bomb Attacks Against PDK-I in Erbil and How to Make Sense of Them

On December 20, 2016, 7 people were killed and 4 were injured in a twin bomb attack targeting Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDK-I), in Koya...

Legalization of Hashd Al-Shaabi and The Expectations Regarding Iraq’s Future

On November 26, 2016, Iraqi Parliament took a vote with the presence of 208 MPs, and ratified a law regarding the legalization of Hashd al-Shaabi,...

Predictions about Donald Trump’s Iraq Policy

Having surprisingly surpassed his rival Hillary Clinton in the US presidential elections and having been elected as US President on 8 November 2016,...

The Troublesome Role of Militias in Mosul

Iraqi security forces and peshmerga have made unexpectedly quick progress in Mosul against Daesh. In fact, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi made...

Critical Brink in the Fight against ISIS in Iraq: Mosul Operation

The Mosul operation which was launched on 17 October 2016 brought about many discussions. The US attitude, the distribution of forces in Iraq,...

Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi: The structure ‘which disturbs Iraq’s balance’

Shiite militia al-Hashd al-Shaabi de facto seized control in the field in terms of fight against DAESH even though it was established as...

Iraq, Turkey, Mosul and the Unseen

"We will not allow the dream of Ottomanist Turkey to come true." This has been continuously seen for a while as caption on the Al Iraqiya TV, state...

Dimensions of PKK Threat in Iraq

It can be observed that PKK has been more active in the region, through the achievements of PYD (Syrian affiliate of PKK) in north of Syria,...

Visit of KRG Leader Masoud Barzani to Turkey and Regional Dynamics

Masoud Barzani, President of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) visited Turkey on 23 August 2016. Barzani met President Recep Tayyip Erdogan...

Cabinet Reshuffle in Iraq

Iraqi Parliament, on its meeting on 15th August 2016 has approved 5 out of 6 technocrat names from the list Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi has...

Normalization Process in Foreign Policy and Turkey-Iraq Relations

Turkish foreign policy has recently been going through a dynamic period. In addition to the developments in the Middle East, the striking results of...

What does ISIS Attack in Karbala Mean?

According to initial findings, 8 people died and over 20 people were wounded in the attack launched with a bomb-laden vehicle in Karbala on 7 June...

The PUK-Gorran Agreement in the KRG: New Balances of Power?

The governmental crisis, economic woes, the fight against ISIS, unstable relations with Baghdad and the independence referendum are all on the...

Where is al-Abadi Government in Iraq Headed?

The ongoing government crisis and demonstrations in Iraq since August 2015 have come to a new phase together with what was gone through on 30 April...

Observations from the Field Research in Erbil and Sulaymaniyah

As ORSAM team, we recently paid a visit to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in order to conduct a field research. As it is already known,...

Where Does the Mosul Offensive Lead?

On 24 March 2016, Iraqi Ministry of Defense announced that it launched the Mosul Offensive also called Operation “Fatah” and attracted the attention o...

From Amirli to Taza Khurmatu: Turkmen are Resisting

The Turkmen, who have been subject to killings over the years in Iraq, are facing a new massacre. Becoming the main loser of the new government...

Quo Vadis in the Fight against ISIS: Is an Operation Against Mosul Possible?

Recently, news about a prospective operation against Mosul, the ISIS stronghold since June 2014, has become topical on the international agenda. In...

The Independence Issue of KRG in Terms of Internal Factors

Masoud Barzan, the President of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), gave instructions within the last days of 2015 in order to start the...

Reading Turkey-Iraq Relations over Biden’s visit to Turkey

  Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States, paid a visit to Turkey on January 23-24, 2016 and met with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime M...

The Influence of Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani on Iraqi Politics and His Last Friday Khutba

The statements and Friday khutbas of religious leaders that have become the main dynamics of Iraqi politics since 2003 determines now the direction...

The Mosul Problem: Beneath the Surface

The relations between Turkey and Iraq, which have been deteriorating since the second Prime Ministry term of Nouri al Maliki after the elections of...

What is Happening in Tuzkhurmatu?

The Town of Tuzkhurmatu, which is located in the Salahadin Province, is densely populated by Turkmen, and has attracted the attention of the...

Observations about Baghdad and Iraqi Politics

As ORSAM, we visited Iraq’s capital, Baghdad both in order to conduct a field study and participate in an international meeting with the EU i...

Cards are Reshuffled in KRG

In Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), the most striking developments of the last period in domestic politics have been experienced. As of 20...

Observations on Arbil and KRG Politics

As the ORSAM team, we were able to visit Iraq between August 29 and September 8, 2015 for conducting a field research. The first fact that catches...

Protests in Iraq, Reform Package and the Government’s Situation

The Iraqi government has been forced into announcing a reform package after the popular protests that have been going on for approximately two weeks....

Turkish-Iraqi Relations and Turkey’s Cross-Border Counter-Terrorism Operations

After his visit in November 2014, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari visited Turkey again on 13 July 2015 and conducted high level meetings....

ISIS' One Year in Iraq: Transformation in Perceptions of Politics and Security

The process which started with Mosul’s takeover by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in June 2014 can be regarded as a historical t...

Current Situation in the Fight against ISIS in Iraq and Potential Mosul Operation

ISIS established a significant control in Iraq since June 2014 and the fight against the organization continues without losing any acceleration. News...

What PYD Leader Muslim's Baghdad Visit Means

It seems like PYD is seeking help to consolidate its position that it has strengthened significantly. Taking control of Raqqa’s Tal Abyad town from I...

The Focal Point of Conflicts in Iraq: Kirkuk

The ISIS came to the fore in the vicinity of Kirkuk after invading Mosul, captured some parts of the city, and then IKRG sent Peshmerga in order to...

Barzani’s US visit and the current situation of Kurdish domestic politics

A complex portrait emerged in Iraq with ISIS and other recent developments and solution of this situation seems quite difficult. Within this context,...

Fuad Masum’s Visit To Turkey and Turkey-Iraq Relations

President of Iraq, Fuad Masum visited Turkey on 23-24th April 2015. Although Fuad Masum was in Turkey for the Memorials of the 100th Anniversary of...

Abadi's Erbil Visit and the Process of Struggle against ISIS

Iraqi security and political balances began to shift after ISIS’s invasion of Mosul in June 2014 and its expansion afterwards. During this process, n...

Tikrit Operation in Iraq and It’s Aftermath

Visiting Samarra district of Saladin Governorate, on March 1st, President of Iraq Haider Al-Abadi announced that a rescue operation for Saladin’s c...

The Strategy for Ousting the ISIS from Mosul

A new period in Iraq has started with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) launching an operation in Mosul on 6 June 2014. New debates sparked...

The Implications of the ISIS’s Kirkuk Offensive

The Kirkuk offensive of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which started on 29 January 2015 and continued on 30 January, has been a clear...

The peak point of Tension in Iraq: Kirkuk

With the attack and invasion of Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) on Mosul in June 2014 pressure on Kirkuk has gradually increased. Kirkuk, maybe...

Reflections on Ahmet Davutoğlu’s Visit to Iraq

Having visited Iraq on 20-21 November 2014, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has taken steps for a new period in Turkey-Iraq relations with his talks ...

A New Period in Turkey-Iraq Relations: The Prime Minister’s Visits to Baghdad and Arbil

Following the official visit by Iraqi Foreign Minister İbrahim al Jafari to Turkey on 5-7 November 2014, it is announced that Prime Minister ...

Turkey-Iraq Relations in the Wake of Jafari’s Visit: Towards Reconciliation and Cooperation

Turkey-Iraq relations that have been going uphill and downhill after 2003 will likely enter a new phase. Having started to deteriorate in 2009,...

The Turkmen Rights Law in Iraq and the Future of Turkmens

The Turkmens, who lacked the prominence they deserved in the Iraqi politics after 2003, have been directly affected by all negative developments such...

The Impact of Kobani on the Kurdish Internal Politics

The ISIS offensive towards Kobani in September is likely to change the balance in both the Syrian Problem and the Kurdish politics in the region. In...

Notes from Kirkuk

ISIS became the biggest problem of the Middle East while it’s advancing its offensive from Mosul to Baghdad since June 2014. ISIS’s increasing eff...

The ISIS Operations and Turkey-Iraq Relations

   The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has acquired territorial dominance in Iraq as a result of its operations in June 2014 and started to increase ...

New Government's Codes in Iraq

Approximately five months after the April 2014 elections, a new government in Iraq was formed under Haider al Abadi’s Premiership. Regarding the c...

Nouri El Maliki’s Resignation and New Government Formation

For the first time since the April 2014 elections, it seems that government formation process in Iraq is on the right track. While the formation...

The New President and Political Balance in Iraq

Almost three months after the April 2014 parliamentarian elections, the Iraqi Parliament elected a new president on 24 July 2014. Although 93 people...

The KRG President Masoud Barzani’s Visit to Turkey

While Iraq has been going through a highly critical process, the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Masoud Barzani paid a visit to...

The Operations of ISIS and the Referendum Move of KRG

The events that occurred after the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) captured Mosul on 6 June 2014 are the signs of the transformation in...

The Effect of The ISIS June Offensive on the Ethnic and Religious Groups in Iraq

Iraq was going through a government formation process after the general elections of 30 April 2014, when it was shocked by the capture and takeover...

The Fall of Tal Afar and the Situation of Turkmens

Among the districts highly influenced by the state of conflict during and after the US invasion in Iraq, the town of Tal Afar, which is part of Mosul...

Mosul Operation of ISIS: the Future of Baghdad

Shortly after the process of government formation following the elections of 30 April 2014 started, Iraq was shocked when ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq...

The View From Iraq After Maliki’s Victory

The State of Law Coalition led by Nouri el-Maliki that formed the government for two terms after 2005 and 2010 elections, won the parliamentary...

Observation of the KRG: Final Situation in Forming Government

While parliamentary elections are being held in Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is having two elections concurrently. Along with...

Elections in Iraq and Uncertainty

The ban on campaigning before the April 30 national elections in Iraq was lifted on April 1 and the campaign season started. However, the ongoing...

Nechervan Barzani's Visit to Turkey

Nechervan Barzani, the prime minister of the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (IKRG), visited Turkey on March 16, 2014 upon the invitation of...

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...

Government Formation Process and Situation of Turkmens in Iraq

  Former Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on November 21, 2017, that DAESH was militarily defeated, and declared a new era in...