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خلق الحوار. التأثير على السياسة.

Generating Dialogue. Impacting Policy.

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The Price of Corruption in Iraq: Kadhimi Faces the Challenge of Systemic Reform

Azhar Al-Rubaie

Successive Iraqi governments after the U.S. invasion and the fall of Saddam have proved unsuccessful in managing the country’s economic and security issues, advancing living conditions for Iraqi people, or improving public services. Rather, year after year, corruption in the Iraqi system has increased poverty and unemployment while syphoning of billions of dollars of public money into the pockets of government officials and special interests, with Iraq now listed as the twentieth most corrupt country in the world.

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Biden’s Middle East Policy in his Own Words: Understanding the New Administration’s Priorities

Munqith Dagher

While it is too early to pass judgment on the Biden administration’s foreign policy, it is clear that there will likely not be any significant changes in the three major policy issues in the Middle East: fighting terrorism, Israel’s security, and the Iranian question. As for Saudi Arabia, it seems that we will see a mix of political realism, democratic principles, and human rights promotion in dealing with this matter.