Iraqi political and sect-based identities have fundamentally transformed as a result of the violence in 2014-2017.… Read more
The most powerful groups within the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) existed long before ISIS seized Mosul in June 2014, and will continue to build influence in the future now that operations to liberate the city have concluded. … Read more
Preparations for the independence referendum highlight political and generational divides in Iraqi Kurdistan. … Read more
Security challenges facing Baghdad after ISIS may not be so different from those that existed before 2014.… Read more
Policymakers in Iraqi Kurdistan must restore their people's faith in the government, or jeopardize the region's future.
Stability and sustainable recovery in Iraq after ISIS will require that policymakers and NGOs address the legacy of upheaval far beyond the current emergency context.… Read more
Uncertainty regarding proper screening, detention, and civilian return procedures threatens future instability in Iraq as operations to liberate Mosul enter the final stages.… Read more
Iraq has been subject to intense upheaval, social change, and cyclical violence -- a reality that is challenging for any reporter to capture and share with an international readership.
Iraq's government can implement civilian protection policies to promote national reconciliation and reduce tensions between the country's ethnic, religious, and sectarian communities.
More than a decade of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan taught US commanders the strategic importance of protecting civilians during wartime. This principle should guide future American policy.