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خلق الحوار. التأثير على السياسة.

Generating Dialogue. Impacting Policy.

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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.

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.

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Ahwazi Children in Iran: Starving, Abused, and Forced To Work

Rahim Hamid and Yasser Assadi

Iran has been hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak, with more than 3,513 confirmed cases. While Iran struggles to contain the virus, its healthcare system has become stressed and public health officials have done little to ease public anxiety. And as the coronavirus epidemic continues to worsen, vulnerable populations living in poor areas will be more susceptible—particularly among working children in the Ahwaz region.