Year: 2023

ISHM: October 12 – 19, 2023

Key Takeaways: Speaker Halbousi Wants Accountability Commission Disbanded As More Candidates Face Disqualification; Former PM Calls For Expulsion Of U.S., NATO Forces – On October 16, IHEC officials said they disqualified 259 candidates in the upcoming provincial elections. The majority (203) were disqualified because of ties to the banned Baath… Read more

ISHM: October 5 – 12, 2023

Key Takeaways: Iraqi Militias Threaten Attacks On U.S. Interests If Washington Intervenes In Israel-Hamas Conflict; PM Sudani Meets Putin In Moscow – On October 9, Hadi al-Amiri, the senior leader in the Coordination Framework and commander of the powerful Badr militia, threatened to target U.S. interests if Washington decided to… Read more

ISHM: September 28 – October 5, 2023

Key Takeaways: Iran Says Iraq Implemented “Parts” Of Their Border Security Agreement; Sudani To Visit Moscow Next Week- On October 2, Iran’s Foreign Ministry said that Iraqi authorities had fulfilled “some parts” of the border security agreement signed in March for the disarming and relocation of Iranian opposition groups away… Read more

EPIC Summer 2023 Highlights & Upcoming Initiatives

We are thrilled to share with you the latest updates on EPIC’s ongoing mission to advance peace and development in Iraq. As we approach our 25th anniversary, our commitment to the cause remains unwavering, and we are excited to showcase the impactful strides we’ve taken over this past summer. Unveiling… Read more

ISHM: September 21 – 28, 2023

Key Takeaways: Court Ends The Term Of Kurdistan’s Provincial Councils; Bafel Talabani Reelected As PUK Leader; Ruling Coalition Affirms Respect For Kuwait’s Sovereignty – On September 24, Iraq’s Federal Supreme Court issued a ruling that ended the term of the provincial councils in the Kurdistan region. The Court said it… Read more

ISHM: September 14 – 21, 2023

Key Takeaways: Halabja Vote Blocked; GCC, U.S. Urge Iraq To Recognize Kuwait Border Treaty; Iraq Says It Relocated Iranian Opposition Groups; Sudani To visit Washington And Moscow – On September 18, Iraq’s parliament postponed a vote to formally recognize Halabja as the country’s 19th province after the Coordination Framework introduced… Read more

ISHM: September 7 – 14, 2023

Key Takeaways: Iraq Says It Bagan Disarming Iranian Opposition Groups; Austria To Reopen Its Iraq Embassy; Barzani In Baghdad To Demand Budget Funds – On September 12, Iraq’s Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein said from Tehran that Iraq has disarmed Iranian Kurdish opposition groups that have bases near the Iranian border… Read more

ISHM: August 31 – September 7, 2023

Key Takeaways: Protests Turn Deadly As Tensions Rise In Kirkuk; Top Court Strikes Down Border Treaty With Kuwait – On September 2, violent clashes erupted in Kirkuk over the possession of a building used as the local headquarters of security forces that was once the main local office of the… Read more

Can oil and water mix?: Creating opportunities for Iraq-Turkey cooperation

Originally published by the Middle East Institute — August 31, 2023 Last week saw a flurry of diplomatic activity between Baghdad and Ankara. The top priorities in the talks that took place in Erbil, Ankara, and Baghdad almost simultaneously were oil exports, the presence of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)… Read more

ISHM: August 24 – 31, 2023

Key Takeaways: Iraq To Disarm, Relocate Kurdish Iranian Dissident Groups By September 19; Court Finds Parts Of The Election Law Unconstitutional – On August 28, Iran’s Foreign Ministry said that Baghdad and Tehran had reached an agreement to disarm “armed terrorist groups” that have presence in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, shut… Read more