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خلق الحوار. التأثير على السياسة.

Generating Dialogue. Impacting Policy.

Kurdistan Region of Iraq and the Coronavirus Response–Lessons Learned

Biner Aziz

As different governments throughout the Middle East have chosen widely different strategies to adapt to the threat of coronavirus, the Kurdish Regional Government has walked a fine line between adopting authoritarian-style responses, carrot-and-stick encouragement of needed measures, and good health awareness that are limiting the need to apply tactics of control and coercion.

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Despite Political Turmoil and Coronavirus, Iraq’s Protest Movement Continues

Azhar Al-Rubaie

With neighboring Iran one of the most severely affected areas of coronavirus, Iraqi authorities are also confirming rising infections and deaths despite closing the border between the two states. However, Iraqi protestors maintain that “oppression and fear are more dangerous than coronavirus,” and have consistently demonstrated a will to continue what has become known as the October 2019 revolution.

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Post-uprising Iraq: New Players and New Realities

Munqith Dagher

The past several days have witnessed a great deal of political movement in Iraq as a result of the country’s remarkable current situation. As usual, the actions of Iraq’s traditional political players have remained unclear—and, like the end of a thriller, many possibilities for Iraq’s political future remain open, though change itself is inevitable.

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Migrants Likely to Remain Pawns in Turkey-EU Relations for Years to Come

Anthony Skinner

With the spread of coronavirus restricting travel, European leaders are meeting virtually with Ankara this week in an attempt to resuscitate and potentially fine-tune a flawed migration deal from 2016, which has now effectively collapsed. However, even if the two sides do manage to strike a deal, such an agreement would be no more likely to stick than the earlier agreement.