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I Predicted Our Iraq Predicament

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey Shaffer

I'm not surprised that Iraq is in danger of breaking apart. I considered this scenario almost ten years ago in a column published by the Christian Sc...

Kurds Must Meet on Common Grounds to Prevail.

Delovan Barwari | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
Delovan Barwari

Whether the KRG declares independence or remains part of Iraq, the survival and success of the political experiment in Rojava as a secure and prosperous neighbor directly affects the security and economic development of KRG, and vice versa.

Back to Iraq's Future: A Constructive Partnership With the UN

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to meet with Iraq's leadership including Grand Ayatollah Sistani on 24 July. The meeting which is understood, in essence, to have been primarily a consultative one, is potentially a critical turning point in the United Nation's involvement in Iraq's steps towards democracy.

Lousy Scenarios, Limited Options: It Mostly Just Gets Worse for Obama

William Bradley | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Remember those halcyon days of yore, also known as last year, when President Barack Obama's frequently challenged job approval rating was always buttressed by his ratings on foreign policy and geopolitics?

Why Americans, Israelis and Jews Should Support an (Almost) Independent Kurdistan

Aki Peritz | Posted 07.11.2014 | World
Aki Peritz

A free and independent Kurdistan is almost within reach of its inhabitants, a silver lining that could emerge from the ISIS's horrific march through much of Iraq.

Exploit the Inevitible

Richard Klass | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Richard Klass

There are two basic rules to the practice of Real Politick. The first is straightforward: Keep in with the outs. This is easy to practice when deali...

Happy Fourth Of July, Kurdistan

Joshua Gleis | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
Joshua Gleis

On this Fourth of July weekend, as the world's greatest democracy celebrates its independence, it has an opportunity to right that wrong by reversing course and supporting the Iraqi Kurds in their road to independence.

Why Are Obama and Kerry Wasting Their Time With 'Iraq?'

William Bradley | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

What we have called "Iraq" since the British and French carved up the old Ottoman Empire after World War I is obviously over. So why are President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, in the midst of the unfolding Gulf War III, wasting time pretending they might save the old carcass?

Sophia Jones

'They Killed People And Then Hung Them In Their Homes'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.27.2014 | World

KIRKUK, Iraq -- They came without warning. Heavily armed and riding in hundreds of cars and Humvees stolen from the Iraqi army, the extremist Sunni fi...

Nick Robins-Early

An Expert's Take On What The Future May Hold For Iraq

HuffingtonPost.com | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.26.2014 | World

In the past weeks, fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) have conquered several cities in Iraq in a lightning offensive, bringing...

Breaking Up Iraq Could Support Putin's Effort to Annex Eastern Ukraine

David Paul | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
David Paul

Today, the Iraq civil war is increasingly becoming a conflict between those who believe that there is --or must be -- a nation called Iraq, and those who view Iraq as a transient historical phenomenon with no inherent identity or purpose.

Kurdish Leader Warns Of A 'New Reality' In Iraq

AP | LARA JAKES and HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 06.24.2014 | World

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraq's top Kurdish leader warned visiting Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday that a rapid Sunni insurgent advance has alrea...

If ISIS Is Such a Threat, Why No Air Strikes?

William Bradley | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Have we learned nothing during our adventures in the Middle East and Central Asia?

If There Are U.S. Air Strikes, They Should Not Be For the Purpose of Propping Up the Failed Iraqi State

William Bradley | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

While the Iraqi military, with some help from Iran and the U.S., may be able to hold on to what is left within its purview, it's hard to see it reclaiming much territory without major foreign interventions. Which could easily backfire, both for Tehran and Washington, the only capitals which might be involved.

Partition: The Only Viable Solution for the Turmoil in Iraq and Syria

Delovan Barwari | Posted 06.19.2014 | World
Delovan Barwari

The United States and the other international powers should look beyond short-term strategies for reducing violence and combating terrorism, as the failure in their quest stems from disregarding the underlying issues.

Ryan Grim

Kurdistan Gets Another Boost

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) applauded Turkey's move to welcome an independent Kurdistan on its border. Reid, during an in...

Biden Was Right

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It may not have solved everything, but dividing Iraq up at least had the best chance for success. It might have allowed what is happening now to have happened in a more organized fashion, with a lot less violence and death. Or, to put it another way, Joe Biden was right.

Why It's Time for Iraq to Split into Three Countries

Ayub Nuri | Posted 06.19.2014 | World
Ayub Nuri

It is always said that Iraq sits on a sea of oil. But it also sits on many mass graves. For a people who have been abused by each other for so many years, the best solution is to go their separate ways. Iraq has gone beyond the point of keeping Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds under one roof.

Sophia Jones

In Historic Reversal, Turkey Opens Door To Splitting Iraq

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.25.2014 | World

ERBIL, Iraq -- In a statement that could have a dramatic impact on regional politics in the Middle East, a spokesman for Turkey's ruling party recentl...

ISIS May Skip Baghdad and Instead Build a New State: ‘Syriaq'

Paul Salem | Posted 06.17.2014 | World
Paul Salem

ISIS has effectively shown another way forward: to forget about Damascus and Baghdad for now, forget about the Sykes-Picot borders and create a new political space out of the parts of Syria and Iraq that their capitals do not control--a large and viable political territory with major historic cities, trade routes, oil resources and borders potentially abutting Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. For now, let's call it Syriaq.

Iraqistan

Francis Levy | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Francis Levy

It may sound like the old cold war policy of spheres of influence, but as we can see in the instance of Kirkuk, a strong Kurdistan seems to be the best insurance against making Iraq into a major outpost of Islamic extremism.

The Reality of Kurdistan

Philip Seib | Posted 06.16.2014 | World
Philip Seib

In the past, the Kurds usually came to the world's attention only as victims. Recently and quietly, however, Iraqi Kurdistan has become a solid presence in a region of continuing upheaval.

Reflections On Climate Change After Biking Across Turkey

David Kroodsma | Posted 06.16.2014 | Green
David Kroodsma

We were surprised by how many people said they thought it was warmer than when they were a child -- even when they didn't know what global warming was.

Sophia Jones

On The Run From ISIS, Syrian Kurds Wonder If They've Left One War For Another

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.25.2014 | World

ERBIL, Iraq -- On most days, Youssef Suleiman and his family of six can be found crowded around their television in a sprawling refugee camp on the ou...

'Middle East Now': Changing the World, One Film at a Time

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.08.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Personally, I feel that the elusive "peace" -- along with inseparable companions, justice and equality -- in the region will come out of what one filmmaker calls "artistic resistance."