December 27, 2010
Iraq’s coalition government is a promising resolution to nine months of political wrangling after national elections, says expert Joost Hiltermann, but questions loom about how effective the power-sh…
October 5, 2010
Despite reports of an emerging breakthrough, Iraq’s political deadlock remains unresolved and seemingly far from the compromises necessary to clear the way for a governing coalition, says expert Joos…
October 19, 2009
Middle East expert Joost Hiltermann says Iraq appears headed for an uncertain, and potentially violent, political season with no clear dominant faction emerging ahead of January parliamentary electio…
March 3, 2008
Iran’s influence in Iraq is the subject of enormous speculation. The United States is taking steps to counter that influence.
December 4, 2007
Iran’s alleged meddling in Iraq and Afghanistan and its defiance of orders to halt uranium enrichment have drawn sharp criticism from the west. Amid the rhetoric some analysts and policy makers conti…
October 17, 2007
A Senate proposal calling for the restructuring of Iraq’s government has drawn fire from Iraqis who liken it to partition. Amid the criticism have emerged other controversial options.
July 16, 2007
With suicide attacks up and the growing use of chlorine bombs, al-Qaeda in Iraq looks increasingly emboldened. But reports are surfacing of rifts among its factions.
April 19, 2007
Demands by Iraqi Kurds for greater autonomy have roiled their Turkish neighbors.
January 5, 2007
A cessation to the violence in Iraq cannot come about without some kind of national reconciliation between the country’s warring factions. But previous reconciliation efforts by Shiite leaders have f…
June 30, 2006
Experts predict that if civil war erupts in Iraq, the spark may come from Kirkuk. Oil-rich and under de facto Kurdish control, the city has emerged as one of Iraq’s most hotly contested flashpoints.