Agenda

The Post-2003 Iraqi Army: The Need for Solid Military Doctrine

Definitions of “military doctrine” vary according to schools of military thought, as well as the nature of the national security threats...

How will the death of Grand Ayatollah Muhammed Saeed al-Hakim affect the Shiite world?

Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Muhammad Saeed Al-Hakim, one of the four major Shiite authorities in Iraq, died in Najaf at the age of 85 due to a heart...

The Importance and Implications of Ammar al-Hakim's Visit to Kirkuk for Turkmens

Ammar al-Hakim, the leader of al-Hikma—one of the important parties in Iraq appealing mainly to the Shiite community—and the National...

​Turkey-PMU Tensions Mount as Ankara Engages With Baghdad

Relations between Iraq and Turkey have seen substantial growth in recent years. Bilateral trade exceeded 20B USD in 2020—despite the economic...

Turkey and the Kurdish Factor in the Middle East

The diversity and competition as well as cooperation among various Kurdish actors in the Middle East, and their relations with third parties, have...

Iraq’s Upcoming Elections: One-List Decision by the Turkmen

Early elections, set for 10 October 2021 by a decision of the Iraqi parliament, are approaching and, in parallel, the political parties’...

Al-Kadhimi’s Quest for Balance in Foreign Policy

After the military presence of the terrorist group ISIS in Iraq was eradicated, some foreign policy openings were developed in the country in order...

The Pope’s Visit to Iraq and Turkmens

The historical visit by Pope Francis to Iraq that started on March 5, 2021 covered five governorates of Iraq, Baghdad, Najaf, Dhi Qar, Mosul and...