Iran’s Shadow Hangs Over Iraqi Cabinet Formation

This series examines how regional tensions are impacting efforts to form a new Iraqi government.

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"The Lesser of Two Evils”: Quds Force Commentary on Iraq’s Prime Minister-Designate

For reasons of self-interest, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force officers are trying to persuade Iran's Iraq allies to support Prime Minister-designate Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

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Iraq: Balancing Party Demands is a Recipe for Paralysis in New Government

Efforts by the prime minister-designate to win parliamentary support cannot come at the expense of articulating coherent policy.

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Are Tehran and a Key Ally Really at Odds Over the Iraqi Prime Minister-Designate?

Tehran and Kataib Hezbollah's conflicting reactions to Prime Minister-designate Mustafa al-Kadhimi reflect a division of labor rather than poor coordination.

Saudi Arabia Hikes its VAT, but for How Long?

Saudi Arabia has adopted strict austerity measures to combat the dual effect of falling oil prices and the coronavirus crisis. Unlike previous measures that were lifted when oil prices recovered, a July 1 VAT increase (from 5% to 15%) is more likely to stay in place, which could present challenges to low-income families, businesses, and plans to revive domestic tourism.

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