Massaab Al-Aloosy

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Massaab Al-Aloosy is a researcher focusing on Iraq, Iran, and Shia nonstate armed groups. He holds a PhD from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and is the author of The Changing Ideology of Hezbollah, Palgrave 2020.

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With Iraq’s Quota System, the New Government is More of the Same

The inefficiencies and corruption rife in Iraq’s ethno-sectarian quota system are substantial, but the country’s highly fragmented society has deeply entrenched the system in ways that make it difficult to reform. 

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Iraq: Dangerous Landscape for Independent Journalism

Neutral journalism in Iraq is stifled by political parties that own media outlets and by armed elements using violence to silence scrutiny and criticism.

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By Violent Means: Iraq’s PMF Descent From Popularity to Corruption and Repression

Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces will obstruct any reforms in Iraq that jeopardize the status quo and the militias’ political influence and hold over the state’s coffers.

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Sadr’s Exit Opens Door for Greater Iranian Influence in Iraq

Iran’s supporters appear to be using a carrot-and-stick approach to co-opt Sunni politicians, aiming to fragment the Sunni camp in any future elections and to make it easier to pressure its leaders.

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Iraq’s Corruption and Rule of Law Deficits Nourish a Worsening Drug Problem

Since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, Iraq has become a transit country for drug cartels. And as social conditions in Iraq have deteriorated, drug addiction among Iraqis has increased.

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Perilous Growth: Bulging Population Endangers Iraq’s Future

The Iraqi government’s failure to invest in human capital and reconstruction has left the country unprepared for the current rate of population growth.

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Iraq’s Water Crisis: An Existential But Unheeded Threat

Iraq’s new government will have its work cut out for it in addressing the water crisis. But time will not be on its side.