ISHM: February 28 – March 7, 2019

Key Takeaways: Iraqi Officials Meet Foreign Counterparts; KDP and PUK Reach Power-Sharing Deal; Kurdish Opposition Leader Arrested; Chairmanships of Parliamentary Committees Divided – On March 2, the Iraqi Speaker of the House Mohammed Halboussi arrived in Jordan for the summit of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union. On March 3, Iraqi Prime… Read more “ISHM: February 28 – March 7, 2019”

ISHM: February 21 – February 28, 2019

Key Takeaways: Iraqi Officials Meet Foreign Counterparts; Shia Iraqi Politicians to Form Alliance; Meeting Held to Complete Government Formation – On February 25, the Lebanese daily al-Akhbar, reported that Nouri al-Maliki, Secretary General of the Islamic Dawa Party and Ammar al-Hakim, the Head of the National Wisdom Movement intend to… Read more “ISHM: February 21 – February 28, 2019”

ISHM: February 15 – 21, 2019

Key Takeaways: Iraqi and Kurdish Officials Meet Foreign Counterparts; Political Developments between Iraq-KRG – On February 15, the Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council Masrour Barzani met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference. On February 16, Iraq eliminated all of the… Read more “ISHM: February 15 – 21, 2019”

The Ongoing Crisis in Basra: Interview with Benedict Robin-D’Cruz – Part 2

Protests and political violence continues to plague Basra, Iraq’s southernmost province. The province is largely populated by Iraq’s Shia majority, which has dominated Iraq’s post-2003 political order. Basra’s oil fields are the primary source of Iraq’s oil exports and proven oil reserves and Basra is home to Iraq’s only port.… Read more “The Ongoing Crisis in Basra: Interview with Benedict Robin-D’Cruz – Part 2”

ISHM: January 25 – January 31, 2019

Key Takeaways: Iraqi Politicians Hold Series of Meetings with Foreign Officials, Expound Neutral Position in Region – On January 27, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister reported that several ministers from the Jordanian government arrived in Baghdad for meetings. On January 27, Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali al-Hakim stated in… Read more “ISHM: January 25 – January 31, 2019”

Violence in Southern Iraq & Shia Politics: Interview with Benedict Robin-D’Cruz – Part 1

Away from the limelight, violence continues to rage in southern Iraq in the form of tribal clashes, pro-government militia infighting and criminal violence. This violence often affects unarmed bystanders and makes life in Basra, which is already challenging due to government neglect, lack of services and rife unemployment, even more precarious. Although most residents of southern Iraq are Shia, Iraq's current political elite, which claims to represent the Shia community, has failed to address the needs of the south.