Publications

Dialogue for Kurdish and Shia decision-makers in Iraq

KAS and MERI create multi-ethnic platform in Najaf

The Kurdish referendum for independence of September 2017 increased tensions between the Kurdish and Shiite populations of Iraq. As peace in Iraq depends on the ability of the country’s different social groups to cooperate, the KAS Syria/Iraq Office and the Middle East Research Institute (MERI) organized a two-day exchange between political and religious leaders of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) and the Shiite religious center of Najaf. On February 28 and March 01, 2018, a Kurdish delegation travelled to Najaf to establish a dialogue to prevent future conflict. more…

Event Reports | June 5, 2018

Moscow’s Flexible Alliances in the Middle East - Opportunities and Constraints

KAS and Al Bayan Center publish paper on Russia's Relations with post-Saddam Iraq

Russia has been seeking a more robust relationship with Iraq since the so-called Arab Spring started in 2011, eager to build on the remnants of what was once a strong Soviet-Iraqi alliance during the Cold War. The Kremlin’s appetite for courting Iraq has been driven by security considerations, shrewd economic interest, as well as the desire to seek status in the wider region. Hanna Notte - an expert on Russia and the Middle East - analyzes the successes and obstacles to a Russian-Iraqi relationship in her latest publication with KAS and the Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies. more…

June 5, 2018

Iraq after the Election: Transformation of the Political Landscape

IRAQI ELECTION SURPRISES WITH UNEXPECTED RESULTS AND LOW VOTER TURNOUT

For the first time after the military defeat of the Islamic State (ISIL), national parliamentary elections were held in Iraq. Around 7,000 candidates, organized on 88 party lists, competed for 329 parliament seats in the election on May 12. When results are official, the new parliament will be appointed to form a new Iraqi government. more…

Nils Wörmer, Hannes Pichler | Country Reports | May 16, 2018

Rule of Law Training towards Reconciliation in Kirkuk

KAS AND ETTC HOLD WORKSHOPS IN MULTI-ETHNIC CITY

After the Kurdish independence referendum in 2017, relations between the Central Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq deteriorated. As a result, the Iraqi military drove the Peshmerga, who had been controlling Kirkuk since its liberation from ISIL in 2014, out of the city. This only increased the tensions within the multi-ethnic town, resulting in a dire need of reconciliation and peace-building based on the rule of law. The KAS Syria/Iraq Office, together with the European Technology and Training Center (ETTC), implemented two five-day training sessions on the topic in Kirkuk. more…

Event Reports | May 14, 2018

Iraq at a Crossroads: Stabilization or Further Fragmentation?

THE ELECTIONS WILL PREDICT THE OUTCOME OF STABILIZATION AND REFORMS IN IRAQ

The upcoming elections on May 12, 2018 mark the first national elections in Iraq after the military victory over the Islamic State (ISIL). These elections will determine whether Iraq will be able to stabilize itself politically, to establish a nation-wide security regime and to start an urgent reform process after years of civil war and the fight against ISIL. more…

Nils Wörmer, Hannes Pichler | Country Reports | May 6, 2018