WHAT TO MAKE OF IRAQ’S NEW GOVERNMENT?

October 24, 2018 marked another important day in Iraq’s modern history. Prime Minister-Designate Adil Abdul-Mahdi presented his government program and cabinet formation to parliament for their approval, and the next day the country witnessed a peaceful transition of power. However, the swearing in of Abdul-Mahdi’s government did not go as smooth as many had expected. Continue reading “WHAT TO MAKE OF IRAQ’S NEW GOVERNMENT?”

THE NONEXISTENT INTRA-SHIA WAR IN IRAQ

Just like the Times Magazine “The End of Iraq” cover that became a symbol of sensationalist journalism failure on Iraq in 2014, there is a new wave of doomsday analysis that started to build up in August and September predicting a new war in Iraq, this time between different Shi’i factions. The Institute for the Study of WarForeign Affairs, and the Wall Street Journal predicted ‘pro-Iran’ parties like Hadi Al-Ameri’s Fateh and the popular mobilization forces will clash against ‘pro-U.S.’ forces, represented by the likes of Muqtada Al-Sadr’s Sa’eroon and Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi’s Nasr. This scenario is falsely conceived despite other outlets following suit in pushing this narrative.

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THE POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS OF ELECTING BARHAM SALIH AS PRESIDENT

As Iraq was facing a political deadlock after the election in which none of the contenders won a majority to dominate the political scene, the main political parties have managed to agree on new leadership to form the new government.Continue reading “THE POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS OF ELECTING BARHAM SALIH AS PRESIDENT”