Publications

Political Update: The Hashemi Verdict & the Health of Democracy in Iraq

September 11, 2012 - Stephen Wicken

On Sunday, Iraq’s Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi was sentenced to death by hanging. The sentence demonstrates the politicization of the Iraqi judicial system under Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who has commandeered Iraq’s legal institutions to consolidate power.

Iraq Weekly Update #36

September 6, 2012 - Stephen Wicken

August 31, 2012-September 6, 2012--Iran resumes shipments of military equipment to Syria through Iraqi airspace, corruption plagues Defense Ministry.

The Haqqani Network: a Foreign Terrorist Organization

September 5, 2012 - Jeffrey Dressler

From sanctuaries in Pakistan’s tribal areas, the Haqqani family hosts a variety of high-value terrorists, including senior members of al-Qaeda, Pakistani Taliban, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Lashkar-e Taiba and smaller terrorist entities linked to attacks in the UK. It also supports a global jihadist ideology that transcends objectives in Afghanistan.

Iraq Weekly Update #35

August 31, 2012 - Stephen Wicken

August 22, 2012-August 31, 2012- Communications Minister resigns, IHEC disputes place elections in jeopardy, Tensions at Syrian border amid signs of Iranian pressure

Rebel Groups in Northern Aleppo Province

August 29, 2012 - Institute for the Study of War

Despite the overwhelming media attention given to Homs and Damascus, the ongoing showdown between rebel and regime forces in Aleppo City is rooted in the months-old conflict in Aleppo’s northern countryside.

Iraq Update #34- Data Suggests Rise in Violence Along Historic Fault Lines

August 22, 2012 - Stephen Wicken

August 15, 2012-August 22, 2012 - Violence in Iraq has risen in recent months, both in terms of number of attacks and casualties. July 2012 was the deadliest month in Iraq since August 2010. Iraqi government figures suggest that 325 people were killed in near-daily attacks in July.

Threat And Response: Israeli Missile Defense

August 16, 2012 - Christopher Harmer

This backgrounder will review how Israel has responded to these two threats with what has become a core component of Israeli defense strategy, the world’s first battle-tested, integrated missile defense shield.

Abdul Wardak and Bismillah Khan Mohammadi: Unpacking Afghanistan's Ministerial Shake-up

August 16, 2012 - Mara Tchalakov

In an unprecedented single session of Parliament on August 4th, the Lower House dismissed the Afghan defense and interior ministers, Abdul Rahim Wardak and Bismillah Khan Mohammadi, following successive no-confidence votes.

Iraq Update #33

August 15, 2012 - Institute for the Study of War

August 3, 2012-August 15, 2012 Baghdad’s Tensions with Irbil and Ankara Diminish

Map of Baghdad

August 10, 2012 - Institute for the Study of War

Map of Baghdad

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