RENEWED DEMONSTRATIONS IN IRAQI KURDISTAN: WHAT TO MAKE OF THEM?

Kurdistan Region of Iraq is once again witnessing waves of protests. Just like that of December 2017, the cause of people’s outrage is the issue of salaries of employees administrated by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Since 2014, the KRG has not been paying their employees’ salaries in full, and in many instances not paying them at all. Continue reading

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REBUILDING IRAQ AND MANAGING EXPECTATIONS: LESSONS FROM THE IRAQ REBUILDING CONFERENCE

Balanced news coverage and realistically optimistic analysis about Iraq remains rare. Another instance where this has become clear is how the Kuwait International Conference for Rebuilding Iraq was covered by the media.

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RATIONALIZING THE DEBATE OVER THE PMF’S FUTURE: AN ORGANIZATIONAL PERSPECTIVE

The Iraqi armed forces achieved one of the greatest military victories in recent history, and many Iraqis sacrificed their lives to defeat ISIS, one of the biggest threats to world peace. Nevertheless, the unjust media campaigns against the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and more specifically the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), which, ironically, are often spearheaded by Iraq’s supposed allies, never stopped.  Continue reading

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