All Blog Posts Tagged 'Iraq' (91)

Re-configuring the Middle East: IS and Changing Demographics

By James M. Dorsey

The Syrian civil war and Iraqi sectarian conflicts involving Islamic State (IS) have had far-reaching consequences for the demographics across the region. Once a relatively ethnically homogeneous autonomous region, Iraqi Kurdistan has seen its demography change radically as large numbers of Arab refugees pour into what was once an independent Kurdish state-in-waiting. The influx of refugees fleeing areas of Iraq controlled by IS and fighting across the country, has…

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Added by James M Dorsey on July 8, 2015 at 3:43am — No Comments

TransConflict - June 2015 Review

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TransConflict is pleased to present a selection of articles published during June, plus updates from the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation, available by…

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Added by TransConflict on July 1, 2015 at 12:12pm — No Comments

The Middle East and North Africa: Adapting to a New Paradigm

By James M. Dorsey

 

The military strategies of the United States and its regional allies focused on bombing campaigns, support for local militias, and inherently weak military forces to fight potential ground battles, have failed to defeat rebel forces in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Libya. Calls for the introduction of ground forces against Islamic State (IS), the jihadist group that controls a swathe of Syria and Iraq, and the Houthis in Yemen, or pumping up the number of US…

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Added by James M Dorsey on June 18, 2015 at 3:30am — No Comments

PeaceGame Tests Complexities of Reducing Extremist Violence

From the U.S. Institute of Peace blog The Olive Branch. You can also read the post on the USIP web site here.

By Viola Gienger…

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Added by Viola Gienger on June 5, 2015 at 8:45am — No Comments

Thinking the Unthinkable: Coming to Grips with Islamic State

By James M. Dorsey

It’s almost a year since a US-led coalition launched air strikes and increased support of Iraqi and Kurdish military forces in a bid to degrade and destroy the self-styled Islamic State; yet the jihadist group that has conquered a swath of Syria and Iraq has demonstrated resilience despite suffering significant losses.

The limited impact of the airstrikes and Iraqi ground operations raises the spectre of a longer term existence of a disruptive entity in the…

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Added by James M Dorsey on May 14, 2015 at 10:20am — No Comments

Iraq Kurdistan Region President Barzani Stresses Unified Fight Against ISIS

From the U.S. Institute of Peace blog The Olive Branch. You can also read the post on the USIP web site here.

 

By Viola Gienger…

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Added by Viola Gienger on May 7, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Tribute to Iraqi Peacebuilder Ammar Al-Shahbander

From the U.S. Institute of Peace blog The Olive Branch. You can also read the post on the USIP web site here.

By Viola Gienger…

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Added by Viola Gienger on May 6, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

A Rising Challenge: the World’s 'Fragile' States

From the U.S. Institute of Peace blog The Olive Branch. You can also read the post on the USIP web site here.

USIP President Nancy Lindborg Addresses Texas Audiences…

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Added by Viola Gienger on April 24, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Iraq Needs International Pressure, Unity to Stem Violence, Lawmaker Says

From the U.S. Institute of Peace blog The Olive Branch. You can also read the post on the USIP web site here.

By Viola Gienger

Iraq’s ethnic and sectarian divisions, fueled by regional…

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Added by Viola Gienger on April 22, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Soccer fields: A waystation en route to the Islamic State

By James M. Dorsey

One thing the biographies of Jihadi John, the Islamic State’s executioner of foreign hostages, and several of his European associates have in common is their passion for soccer and their dashed hopes of becoming professional players.

They all belonged to amateur teams or bonded in part by playing soccer together. Like other disaffected youth for whom playing soccer became a stepping stone to joining a militant group or become a suicide bomber, Jihadi John and…

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Added by James M Dorsey on March 3, 2015 at 10:59am — No Comments

Countering Extremist Violence: Local Activists Are Already Doing the Job

From the U.S. Institute of Peace blog The Olive Branch. You can also read the post on the USIP web site here.

By Viola Gienger…

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Added by Viola Gienger on February 19, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Iraq Crisis Builds Bipartisan Support for Keeping U.S. Troops in Afghanistan, Senator Cotton Says

From the U.S. Institute of Peace blog The Olive Branch. You can also read the post on the USIP web site here, or watch the Webcast of the…

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Added by Viola Gienger on February 6, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Top 15 articles of 2014

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TransConflict is pleased to present our recommendations for the top 15 articles published during 2014:

http://www.transconflict.com/2015/01/top-15-articles-2014/

In addition, we have also compiled a list of the top articles contributed by members of the …

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Added by TransConflict on January 21, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Conflicting views of Islam spill onto the soccer pitch

By James M. Dorsey

When Sarah Samir stepped this week on to an Egyptian soccer pitch to referee a men’s match, she joined a small band of Arab women referees staking out their right to be involved in the sport on par with men. The significance of Ms. Samir’s appearance highlighted the battle for the soul of Islam that is being fought on the pitch as much as it is being waged on multiple other fronts. It also spotlighted strategies to counter militant ideologies.

Ms. Samir, the…

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Added by James M Dorsey on January 21, 2015 at 12:43am — No Comments

Asian Cup Politics: more than just a game

Asian Cup Politics: more than just a game

By James M. Dorsey

Kuwait may have scored the first goal against Australia in the opening match of the Asian Cup but when the match ended 4:1 in favour of the Australian hosts the message was not simply a defeat on the pitch. It highlighted the importance and the impact of Middle Eastern politics on the region’s game.

In a world in which diplomacy has expanded from government-to-government contacts into public and cultural…

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Added by James M Dorsey on January 10, 2015 at 2:31am — No Comments

From Syria and Iraq to Iran: Kurdish Minorities Push For Autonomy

By James M. Dorsey



More than than three years into Syria’s brutal civil war, Syrian Kurds have carved out an entity of their own close to the border with Turkey. Their battle against Islamic State, the jihadist group that has conquered chunks of Syria and Iraq, for Kobani, a stone’s throw from the Syrian-Turkish border, symbolises Syrian Kurdish aspirations. It has galvanised Turkish Kurdish emotions at a time of fragile peace negotiations between Turkey and the…

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Added by James M Dorsey on December 19, 2014 at 5:56am — No Comments

TransConflict - November 2014 Review

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TransConflict is pleased to present a selection of articles published during November, plus updates from the Global…
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Added by TransConflict on December 1, 2014 at 9:18am — No Comments

The tenth GCCT newsletter

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TransConflict is pleased to present the tenth edition of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation newsletter, available by…

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Added by TransConflict on November 20, 2014 at 8:04am — No Comments

TransConflict - October 2014 Review

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TransConflict is pleased to present a selection of articles published during October, plus updates from the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation…

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Added by TransConflict on November 3, 2014 at 7:41am — No Comments

Kurdish soccer team sparks Swedish FA ire over battle for Kobani, sparks debate on what is politics?

By James M. Dorsey

When Ramazan Kizil established Dalkurd FF, one of Europe’s most successful immigrant soccer teams, in a remote town in northern Sweden, he dreamt of one day raising the Swedish and the Kurdish flag alongside one another in a European championship. These days, Mr. Kizil’s goals are more immediate: aiding embattled Kurdish fighters fending off attacks by Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a swath of Syria and Iraq, in the Syrian-Turkish border town of…

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Added by James M Dorsey on October 30, 2014 at 12:39am — No Comments

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