Iraq

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Iraq’s Supreme Court Removes Parliamentary Speaker

Mohammed al-Halbousi's ousting as speaker of parliament opens the door for Sunni adversaries to rise to power and could help consolidate the influence of Shia political movements in Iraq.

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Urgent Reforms Needed to Unlock Iraq’s Green Potential

Without an integrated energy transition strategy and political will to implement difficult reforms, Iraq will be unable to reach its climate ambitions.

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Baghdad Squeezes Kurdistan Region on Legal and Economic Fronts, Prompting Crisis

Six years after its independence referendum, the Kurdistan region of Iraq confronts grave political, economic, and security challenges.

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Budding Kurdish-UAE Relations

The relationship between the Kurdistan region of Iraq and the United Arab Emirates is shaped by political, economic, and security factors, but intra-Kurdish divisions threaten to undermine this strategic partnership.

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Trilateral Agreement Necessary to Resolve Turkey-Iraq Oil Dispute

The resumption of Kurdish oil exports hinges on achieving consensus between Baghdad and Ankara, but a lasting solution can only be cemented through a trilateral agreement that includes Erbil.

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GCC Grid Infrastructure and Connectivity – An Electrifying Vision

The Middle East could become the center of an electric spider’s web, but such dreams face massive challenges.

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Iraq and Egypt Boost Diplomacy, but GCC Remains the Linchpin

Increasing diplomatic engagements between Iraq and Egypt are helping to advance a more ambitious regional project with Jordan, but Gulf economic and statecraft dominance will shape the initiative’s objectives and ambitions.

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Turkey’s Spymaster-Turned-Foreign Minister Could Reshape Iraq Policy

While Turkey’s new foreign minister may reshape its Iraq policy, Ankara will likely prioritize economic relations above all else.

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Saudi Arabia Makes Soft Power Comeback in Iraq

Saudi Arabia's soft power initiatives may help the kingdom advance its economic interests in Iraq and help strengthen Iraq’s ties with a key Gulf Arab neighbor.

Erdogan Politically Wounded But Still Turkey’s Dominant Power

Opposition success in Turkey’s local elections is an unprecedented rebuke to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. While his constitutional power and dominance of the judiciary remain intact, Erdogan is probably in his final term and will find domestic and foreign initiatives somewhat more complicated.

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