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The Future of the Kurdistan Region after the Defeat of ISIS and the Failure of the 2017 Independence Referendum

In 2017, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq held an independence referendum, which triggered severe backlash, including the loss of control over the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. The backlash from the independence referendum prompted the regional government (Kurdistan Regional Government)...

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Making Sense of the Sadrists: Fragmentation and Unstable Politics

Iraq’s Sadrist movement, led by populist Shi’i cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, has been at the heart of Iraqi politics since 2003. The movement's political strategies have shifted dramatically during this time, encompassing militant insurgency, sectarian violence, electoral politics, and reform-oriented...

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Iraq: Asking the Right Questions about Civil Disorder

Since October 1 of last year, over 600 Iraqis have been killed and thousands injured in protests throughout the country. The accompanying political and social chaos has strengthened efforts by other nations to interfere in Iraq with deadly effects....

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Narrowing Interests in the Middle East: Planning for Great Power Competition

Download Narrowing Interests in the Middle East: Planning for Great Power Competition  The United States dramatically increased the commitment of ...

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Transatlantic Trialogue: Turkey, the Syrian War, and the Future of the Transatlantic Alliance

Download Transatlantic Trialogue: Turkey, the Syrian War, and the Future of the Transatlantic Alliance Tensions over Syria have negatively impacted ...

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Transitional Justice in Taiwan: A Belated Reckoning with the White Terror

From 1949 to the end of the Cold War era, the Kuomintang (KMT)—under the leadership of Chiang Kai-shek and his son Chiang Ching-kuo—ruled the Republic of China (Taiwan) under martial law. The martial law decree gave the government immense...

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Benjamin Franklin and the Crisis of the British Empire

In this talk, Pulitzer Prizewinning historian Walter A. McDougall will explore the nature of the crisis that led to the split between Britain and the colonies between 1763 and 1776, with emphasis on Benjamin Franklin’s role as the colonies’...

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Rebuilding Iraq’s Public Works Infrastructure Following the Defeat of ISIS

This report studies the challenges of rebuilding Iraq’s public works infrastructure following the “perfect storm” of the ISIS insurgency and low oil prices. The major challenge is that the Government of Iraq’s estimate of $88 billion severely understates total...

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Where did the Founders Get their Ideas? America’s Machiavellian Moment and the Origins of the Atlantic Republican Tradition

What does it mean to speak of American Exceptionalism? If it just means unique, then the claim is unexceptional because no two countries are alike. If it means Americans believe their great country is special, then again that’s nothing...

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Islamists and Autocrats: What the Next Administration Needs to Know about Egypt

Usually we think of Egypt's political future as a contest between secular autocrats, on the one hand, and Islamists, on the other. In doing so, we misapprehend both the autocrats and the Islamists, and Dr. Rock-Singer explains how—and...

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