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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

Mapping Iraq’s Political Organizations Ahead of the National Elections

KAS PUBLISHES RESEARCH PAPER ON THE POLITICAL LANDSCAPE OF IRAQ

Iraq’s political landscape has experienced tremendous changes since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. After transforming from a dictatorship into a democracy, Iraq’s political environment is dynamic and ever-changing. While sectarian interests have dominated Iraqi politics in the past 15 years, attributing all post-2003 politics to sectarianism oversimplifies the complex web of players, historical rivalries, regional interference, religion, violence and personal animosities. Ahmed Ali, an expert on Iraqi political affairs, maps in this KAS publication the political landscape of Iraq. more…

May 2, 2018

Event Series on the Reform of the Iraqi Electoral System

KAS and IHEC highlight the relevance of the elections in Iraq

Iraq has lived through politically and economically turbulent times since its last parliamentary election in 2014. After the rise and fall of the Islamic State (ISIL), the displacement and flight of millions of Iraqis, and the impact of the fall of the oil prices on the Iraqi economy, about 12 million citizens are now asked to vote in the upcoming elections on May 12. The Syria/Iraq Office and the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) support this process in Sulaymaniyah, Erbil, Basrah and Baghdad. more…

Nils Wörmer, Szabina Altsach, Nauel Semaan | Event Reports | April 10, 2018