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Is Iraq on the brink of a new civil war? | News & Views

12 September 2022 Monday

Is Iraq on the brink of a new civil war?


Followers of Iraqi Shi'a cleric and political leader Muqtada al-Sadr and those of the Iran-aligned Coordination Framework clashed in downtown Baghdad on Aug. 29. Iraqis spent that evening wondering whether the country was descending into an intra-Shi'a civil war.


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Dysfunctional centralization and growing fragility under Taliban rule


Over the past year, the situation in the country has only grown more fragile, marked by deteriorating living conditions, widespread human rights violations, and increasing political instability. One key contributing factor to the crisis is a dysfunctional centralized governance structure that has become more paralyzed and unresponsive under Taliban control.


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Algeria & France: Untangling Past and Present


French President Emmanuel Macron's recent trip to Algeria brought talks of cooperation and reconciliation to the fore in an otherwise fraught relationship. Intissar Fakir and Francis Ghilès unpack the motivations and context behind the visit.


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Pakistan at 75: The clock has run out for business as usual


On Aug. 14, Pakistan marked its 75th independence day, like many of the preceding 74, in a state of political and economic crisis. Days later, epic floods would befall the country, submerging a third of it under water. Pakistan can no longer afford business as usual.


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Time to go local in Libya


On Sept. 2, the UN appointed a new special envoy for Libya, Senegalese diplomat Abdoulaye Bathily. To have any chance of success, Bathily will need to reach out to local-level Libyan leaders who oppose the status quo preferred by Libya's national politicians.


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