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Iraq at a Crossroads: Radical Reforms to Avert State Collapse

Farhad Alaaldin4 may 2021Without radical reform, Iraq faces potential dissolution and geographic fragmentation in the case of an increasingly likely economic crisis.If the current political situation in Iraq continues as it is without drastic reform, collapse of the state is all but inevitable. This collapse could result from any number of interconnected factors: Iraq’s rentier …

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A State in Collapse: Iraq’s Security and Governance Failures

*Farhad Alaaldin4 may 2021Iraq is in a state of crisis: the unprecedented spread of uncontrolled weapons has reached frightening levels in Iraq, and unemployment has affected large segments of the workforce. Idle youth energies are at worrying levels as well, accompanied by disguised unemployment in all state institutions and lower, if not nonexistent, productivity in …

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A State in Collapse: Mapping Iraq’s Economic Woes

*Farhad Alaaldin4 may 2021Attempting to precisely and objectively describe the situation of Iraq, many academics, observers, and analysts who support their country and its highest national interests agree that, in its current form, the country’s situation consists of a dilapidated rentier economy and an industrial and agricultural sector that has all but collapsed. It may …

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Despite military escalation, diplomacy is the way for both Iran and US

Farhad Alaaldin3-1-2020The media campaign between America and Iran has escalated in the lead up to the first anniversary of the assassination of Iran’s Quds Force commander, General Qasem Soleimani, and the Chief of Staff of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. The two sides intensified their campaigns on social media, especially Twitter, with messages …

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The political scene: upcoming Iraqi elections and the remarkable liberal rise at the expense of traditional leaders

Farhad Alaaldin29 june 2020 The October 2019 protests in Baghdad and the southern provinces of Iraq have created a shift in the political process that has been maintained since 2003. It is fair to say that everyone agrees that Iraq’s pre-October protests are not the same as Iraq’s post-October protests. This is reference to the …

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