Category: EPIC

ISHM: March 22 – 28, 2019

Key Takeaways: Ninewa Governor Arrested for Corruption Following Ferry Sinking; Iraqi Officials Meet Foreign Counterparts; Iraqi Politicians Condemn U.S. Recognition of Golan Annexation – On March 22, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi met with Iraqi President Barham Salih, and the Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament Mohammed Halbusi to discuss the… Read more

ISHM: March 8 – 14, 2019

Key Takeaways: Iraqi Officials Meet Foreign Counterparts; Historic Iranian Visit to Iraq; Progress and Setbacks in KRG Formation – On March 10, a Lebanese delegation arrived in Iraq including the Minister of Communications Mohammad Choucair, the Ambassador to Iraq Ali Habhab, and 25 businessmen. On March 10, leaders of the… Read more

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 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 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 7 – February 14, 2019

Key Takeaways: Iraqi Politicians Debate Future of U.S. Forces in Iraq and Ties with Iran – On February 11, Nassar al-Rubaie, a Sadrist official, and Hadi al-Ameri, the head of the Fatah Alliance, announced in a joint press conference an agreement between the two Shi’ite blocs on the need to… Read more

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