Iraq’s Purple Coup: A Truly Iraqi Electoral Surprise, Par Excellence
Preliminary election results illustrate Iraqi opposition to foreign influence and the impact of the Marja'iyya of Najaf, as the Sadrists lead the coalition-building process to form the next parliament.
Oct 15, 2021◆
- Munqith Dagher
The Holy Shrine Units’ Announcement Will Change the Rules of the Game in Iraq
Sistani’s call for Iraqis to participate in the elections along with a recent announcement about the formation of the Holy Shrine Units as independent entities from the PMF are likely to have a major impact on the Iraqi political and social scene.
Oct 5, 2021◆
- Munqith Dagher
A Gateway to Change or New Conflicts: Iraq’s 2021 Elections
Iraqis are preparing to participate in the country’s most important elections since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003. As all parties prepare for the ballot, interviews with those who choose to participate and those boycotting it emphasize what’s at stake.
Oct 7, 2021◆
- Ali Al-Mikdam
Polls Give Iraq’s Reformers the Advantage, the Vote May Be Theirs to Lose
In Iraq, pre-election polls indicate likely difficulties for Tishreen protest movement to translate popular support into electoral gains, due to widespread concerns about electoral legitimacy and political violence.
Aug 20, 2021◆
- Erik Gustafson
- Omar Al-Nidawi
- Mohammed Khalil
China and the Middle East
Cairo Acts on Its Fears of Radicalization After Afghanistan
The recent saga surrounding the implications of American withdrawal from Afghanistan has not gone unnoticed in Cairo. Egyptian policy circles believe it has opened the door for Islamist and extremist groups to gain momentum across the region, and regime messaging is framing the situation accordingly.
Sep 24, 2021◆
- Haisam Hassanein
How Afghanistan Influences Hamas, PIJ, and Iran in their Approach to Israel
As the Taliban takeover boosts Iranian proxies’ morale, Israel and the United States should develop a coordinated strategy against these groups to enhance Israeli security and restore confidence in American commitments to regional partners.
Aug 24, 2021◆
- Kobi Michael
- Yoel Guzansky