To promote peace and empower young people in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan, EPIC believes the best practice in advocacy is informed discussion amongst the public. In pursuing a goal we will be launching a Weekly Links section in our blog.
The weekly blog post will highlight articles, Infographics, videos and more on Iraq!
Here are some of the links we’ve enjoyed in the past several weeks:
- Selective Treatment for IDPs in Kurdistan: IRIN highlights a concerning issue amongst the humanitarian community over how Iraqi Kurdistan manages its borders.
- Analysis: Iraq Minorities under Fire: An overview of Iraq’s minorities in crisis, particularly Christians, Turkomans, and Yazidis.
- The Logic of violence in the Islamic State’s War: A great article by one of the top academics in conflict studies Stathis N. Kalyvas, arguing against simple conceptions of the current conflict.
- How should we think about the Caliphate: Owen Bennet examines ISIS’ organizational history
- How ISIS games Twitter: Although the article is a month old, JM Berger’s analysis of the group’s sophisticated social media strategy remains important today.
- Diplomacy can still save Iraq: Vali Nasr writes an Op-ED in the New York Times calling for a diplomatic approach to the conflict.
- Iraq Illusions: Jessica Matthews offers a well written overview of the current situation and the US response in the New York Review of Books.
- Kurdish Independence Harder than it looks: An article highlighting the difficulties the Kurdistan Regional government may face if it chooses to secede.
- What we Left Behind: An April New Yorker piece highlighting the state of Iraq back in April and the role of the US in forming it.
- Battle for Baghdad:Patrick Cockburn offers a vignette of the feeling in Iraq at the moment.
- New Council on Foreign Relations InfoGuide on Islam’s Sunni-Shia Divide