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November 16, 2015


Originally posted in Dr. Kadhim's blog, at here.

The longstanding United States foreign policy in the Middle East has been focused on a few basic principles: (1) ensuring Israel’s security, (2) supporting the stability of key friendly regimes, (2) protecting the flow of Gulf oil into the world market, and (4) combating terrorism (used to be the containment of Communism before the Soviet collapse).  The current U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East is showing all symptoms of long term failure....

November 11, 2014


Dr. Abbas Kadhim provides a dynamic discussion on the implications of the war on ISIS, the challenges and opportunities Prime Minister al-Abadi faces moving forward, and their effect on U.S. foreign policy.

In his first press conference, Iraqi Prime Minister-Designate Haider Al-Abadi laid out his agenda and the challenges ahead of him as he strives to form a government to succeed the outgoing administration of Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki.  He seems to be well aware of the mammoth task he is facing, but determined to take on the most difficult obstacles.  So far, he has many reasons to be confident: wide domestic and international support, the backing of Iraq’s highest religious authorities, and t...

This article has been re-posted from the Huffington Post.

Before the security collapse in Mosul, the conventional wisdom among Iraq experts was that Iraq had two options to guarantee security when faced with challenges above the capacity of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF): the United States and Iran. Following this thinking, many of the critics of President Obama's reluctant show of support for Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki government argued that the slow U.S. response will force Al-Maliki to res...

The dispute over who controls oil in Iraq reflects internal Iraqi divisions that are about more than control over oil revenue. It is fundamentally a manifestation of the political struggle between the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) and the Iraqi federal government over the distribution of national wealth, the scope of Kurdish autonomy in the new Iraqi federal system, and the magnitude of authority and influence of the Iraqi federal government in the Kurdish territories. International buyers o...

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