Iraq
The Iraqi Political Conundrum

Iraq’s problems do not seem to go away. Any effort for a domestic stabilization always meets with an unequal and more intense opposing force. Politico- religious leaders hold the sway. External powers play their own games in keeping their stables...

West Asia Round up-July 2022

Abstract: After 19 months into his Presidency the US Administration decided that President Joe Biden embark on a ‘mending fences’ visit to West Asia including Israel, Palestine and Saudi Arabia to interact bilaterally and regionally with GCC++...

West Asia Round up-June 2022

Abstract: One of the most important aspects during the month was engaging and hectic diplomatic activity and high level visits. Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman visited Jordan, Egypt and Turkey (June 20-22) essentially aiming at rapprochement and...

The Presence of Islamic State-Khurasan Province in Taliban-Controlled Afghanistan

नाततायिवधे दोषो हन्तुर्भवति कश्चन । प्रकाशं वाप्रकाशं वा मन्युस्तं मन्युमृच्छति ॥ [Translation: No evil of any kind accrues to the slayer for killing a desperado, either openly or secretly; as it is only Fury recoiling upon Fury.]   ...

Global Terrorism Trends in 2021 & Projections for 2022

संधिविग्रहयोस्तुल्यायां वृद्धौ संधिमुपेयात्। [Translation: If there is an equal benefit in peace or war, he (the king) should choose peace.] -Arthashastra 7.2.1 Amid the pandemic situation triggered by Wuhan virus aka COVID-19, the year 2021...

Elections in Iraq- Uncomfortable Outcome

Democracy’s downside is the prevailing dissatisfaction among those who lose an election. But then they have a hope that next time round they have a chance. Democracy is a state of mind, and the mindsets do take time to change. But democratic...

West Asia Roundup - May 2020

Abstract: West Asia continued to suffer under the onslaught of Covid -19. While Iran despite its socio-economic problems and US sanctions remained the major victim in the region others caught up rather fast. Some took early containment actions while...

Mosul Recaptured: Is This the End of Daesh?

Iraqi Prime Minister Announces the Fall of Mosul July 10, 2017 is rightly being acknowledged as a historic day in the fight against dreaded phenomenon of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) brand of terrorism. The Iraqi Prime Minister(PM)...

Daesh in Afghanistan: It gets Weakened but Not yet Vanquished in Syria-Iraq

It has been a little under two and a half years since January 26, 2015 when Daesh announced in Afghanistan, the establishment of its South Asian affiliate known as Islamic State in Khorasan (ISK). The outfit’s now-deceased spokesperson Abu Muhammad...

War Against Daesh (ISIS) – An Assessment of Mosul Campaign

After having crushed the concept of the Caliphate little over 90 years ago by Kemal Ataturk, the first president of the modern-day Turkey, a renewed effort was made by a newly-founded Sunni militant group, which, today, is known by the name Islamic...

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