Is the Iraqi Prime Minister facing a coup?

Anyone following Iraq over the past two weeks must confess that it has been everything but boring. From the protests in which the cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr has sought to transform his image into a people’s man, to MP’s emphatically voting to remove the Speaker of Parliament despite not having the required quorum. So what is going on? Put simply, the …

Editor’s Piece: ISIL thrives as the West blunders

ISIL’s explosive rise has upended the political status quo in the Middle East. Despite international efforts to contain and defeat the group, ISIL appears to be in solid control of its territory, demonstrating a daring and unprecedented financial self-efficiency not seen in other terrorist groups – even trading in oil with Mosul as its capital. More so, ISIL has demonstrated …

Editor’s Piece: Obama’s Iraqi gamble

On Monday 21st October, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi succeeded in forming a complete government after a delay of over one month as a result of disagreements over appointments to the Defence and Interior ministries. Mohammed Salem Ghabban was appointed as Interior minister whilst Khaled al-Obeidi was given the post of Defence Minister. These two ministries were previously the subject of …