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December 28, 2017

United States
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2017

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2017 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

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February 1, 2017

Iraq
Iraq Reconsidered: Ten Years After the Surge

Experts discuss the successes and failures of the 2007 U.S. military surge in Iraq, its implications for U.S. strategy in the region over the past ten years, and lessons moving forward.

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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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November 30, 2010

Religion
Sharia and Militancy

Experts say Islamic law, or sharia, holds wide appeal for Muslim populations in many countries and is beginning to spread via democratic means, but it is also being used as a tool of Islamic militanc…

October 17, 2007

Democracy
Plans for Iraq’s Future: Federalism, Separatism, and Partition

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.

February 5, 2009

Iraq
Iraq’s Political Landscape

Iraq’s provincial elections provide signals about the maturity of the country’s political system, as well as highlight new power brokers in the provinces.

August 3, 2011

United States
Iraq: U.S. Military Withdrawal II

Iraq's President Jalal Talabani (R) meets with Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki in Baghdad May 3, 2010 (Iraqi Government Handout/Courtesy Reuters). Yesterday, Prime Minister Nouri al-Ma…

Iraq’s President Jalal Talabani meets with Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki in Baghdad

May 6, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Transitional Government

This publication is now archived. What is the next step in the creation of the Iraqi government?On April 6, the 275 members of the transitional National Assembly elected the nation’s new president, K…

January 19, 2006

Iraq
The Role of Kurds in Iraqi Politics

This publication is now archived. What role will Kurds play in Iraq’s future government? Kurds are expected to play a kingmaker role in forming Iraq’s new coalition government. Kurdish parties …

December 13, 2005

Elections and Voting
Who’s Who in Iraqi Politics

This publication is now archived. IntroductionAs Iraq prepares for the upcoming elections on December 15, a number of leading politicians and influential religious leaders are promoting various coali…