The independence referendum, framed as a 100-year struggle for self-rule, will likely succeed. It is no surprise that Kurdish leadership would rather talk about self-determination than the details of voting or the plan to negotiate with Baghdad.
Category Archives: Iraq
With Iraq descending deeper into sectarian bloodshed, politicians and foreign policy experts alike have proposed partition as a solution.Read more
A more important consideration than China fighting ISIS is whether or not the West would even readily accept Chinese intervention.Read more
In order to determine whether or not targeted killings can weaken and/or defeat a terrorist organization like ISIS, it’s important to look at previous cases when the US and/or other countries eliminated terrorist leaders.Read more
In 2003, the US wielded a sledgehammer in Iraq when the conflict required a surgical scalpel. Now, the international community is using a toothpick when the Islamic State demands a sledgehammer.Read more
The fears of a union were ultimately confirmed when the most dominant faction of Boko Haram released a video of its leader Abubakar Shekau pledging fealty to ISIS leader Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi – a pledge that was accepted by ISIS shortly thereafter.Read more
No amount of US airstrikes and military assistance will transform the Iraqi Security Forces into the proficient and professional military force required for long-term stability in Iraq.Read more