In an interview, Benedict Robin-D’Cruz discusses Muqtada al-Sadr and how he has preserved his religious authority.
While recent events in Iraq have tended to focus attention on the political dimension of the Sadrist movement, it is their leader’s ability to defend himself on the religious front that explains essential aspects of his power.
Spot analysis from Carnegie scholars on events relating to the Middle East and North Africa.
In an interview, Marsin Alshamary discusses the current crisis in Iraq, and the possibility of a wider armed confrontation.
Join us on Thursday, June 23 from 16:00 till 17:30 Beirut time for a panel discussion on the topic with Akeel Abbas, Marsin Al Shamary, Mohanad Hage Ali, Harith Hassan and Zeinab Shuker.
In an interview, Harith Hasan discusses how environmental degradation has affected sociopolitical stability in southern Iraq.
In Iraq’s Eastern Basra region, regional conflicts and illicit activity have contributed to environmental decay, which in turn furthers instability. Unless these problems are addressed, there will be long-term consequences for Iraq and the Middle East.
Hollowed out by corruption and mismanagement and buffeted by adverse economic conditions, authoritarian governments in the Middle East are struggling to deliver the socioeconomic benefits that once pacified their publics.
The U.S. administration should adopt more cohesive policies in the region, otherwise U.S. actions may not bring greater stability, but the contrary.