The Impact of COVID-19 on Daily-wage Work and the Refugee Households that Rely on it in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I), March 2021

Summary                                    Context Iraq, particularly the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I), has become host to a significant population of refugees after decades of regional and domestic conflict, compounded by the activities of the the group known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Syrian civil war, and political turbulence in countries l

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Iraq’s Maritime Heritage Finds a Haven in the Classroom. By Kira Walker

Rashad Salim’s efforts to discover and preserve knowledge of ancient boatbuilding crafts played a key role in the resurgence of interest in Iraq’s maritime heritage. Above, Salim with a pair of shasha reed bundle boats (Photo: © Rashad Salim).   When he first glided through the Euphrates as a child in his grandfather’s “tarada,” a traditional Mesopotamian boat, J

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New ‘American’ University in Baghdad Aims to Train Future Leaders

Gilgamesh Nabeel / 05 Apr 2021 The newly opened American University of Iraq–Baghdad, the country’s first American-style, liberal arts-focused institution of higher education outside the Kurdish region, aspires to train the next generation of Iraqi leaders. Students inside a classroom of the newly opened American University of Iraq–Baghdad (Photo: Courtesy of the unive

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Analysis: Can Arabs unplug Iraq from Iran? By Salah Nasrawi

Arab powerhouses trying to pull Iraq out of Iran’s sphere of influence might face a tremendous challenge Over the last few months Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have stepped up efforts to enhance cooperation with Iraq, which still relies heavily on neighbouring Iran in energy and other economic domains. The two Sunni heavyweights, Saudi Ara

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Top Risks 2021

Ian Bremmer, President Cliff Kupchan, Chairman Overview At the start of 2021, the United States is the most powerful, politically divided, and economically unequal of the world’s industrial democracies. China is America’s strongest competitor, a state capitalist, authoritarian, and techno-surveillance regime that is increasingly mistrusted by most G20 countries. German

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