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October 23, 2017

Iraq
Iraq, the Kurds and Me: What Went Wrong in Kirkuk?

I didn’t expect Iraq to use military force against the Kurds. And I believed, or hoped, the U.S. would step in.

Kirkuk

October 4, 2017

Kurds
Unraveling the Oil Geopolitics Intertwined in the Kurdish Independence Referendum

For over a decade, U.S. efforts to promote stability across the Middle East have run afoul of many complexities. The recent independence referendum in the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) territory …

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September 11, 2017

Iraq
Is the World Ready for “Kurdexit”? Referendum Among Iraqi Kurds Has Middle East on Edge

Iraq continues to bedevil American foreign policy, and the world. Now the Kurds will vote on their own state.

Kurd referendum

February 24, 2017

India
Pakistan: Defeat Is an Orphan

What ails Pakistan? A new book from former Reuters correspondent Myra MacDonald shows how the country’s chronic struggle to somehow best India has instead led to deleterious results on all fronts. …

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January 1, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
Confidence-destroying Measures

Working toward an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, negotiators always seek "confidence-building measures" or CBMs. These moves are supposed to show good faith and convince the other side to under…

April 5, 2012

Egypt
Freedom Suffers a Blow in Egypt

Egypt is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Article 18 states that: 1. Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference. 2. Everyone shall h…

June 27, 2016

Israel
Israel and Turkey: No Big Deal

The recent announcement that Israel and Turkey are restoring full diplomatic relations is unlikely to signal the dawn of a new day in Israeli-Turkish relations.

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February 23, 2016

Kurds
Thinking About “the Kurds”

The myriad alliances and rivalries between Turkey, the United States, and the Kurds of Iraq, Syria, and Turkey are complicating U.S.-Turkish foreign policy in the Middle East.

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July 11, 2014

Iraq
Weekend Reading: The King of the Kurds, Sexual Violence in Egypt, and Israel’s Accidental War

Sarah Carr, writing for Mada Masr, offers an in-depth and graphic look at sexual assault and the Egyptian state. J.J. Goldberg explores the triggers to an "unintended" war in Gaza. In an intervie…

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