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by Idrees Mohammed

EPOS Insights

In the aftermath of the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, the Kurdish de facto state, that was born in 1992, was further consolidated. Iraq’s new constitution recognizes Kurdistan Region (KRG) as a federal unit and envisions significant competences bestowed to regions such as the right to export oil. The involvement in international affairs by KRG takes into question the realists’ view that states are the only units in world politics. A group of characteristics make Kurdistan Region an attracted factor in states’ strategy towards the Middle East. In the following exclusive article for EPOS WorldView, PhD candidate and EPOS analyst Idrees Mohamed analyses the role of KRG in the international arena, pointing out the most relevant aspects of the Kurdish issue



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by Kamaran Mohammad (from Erbil, KRG)

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Kamaran Mohammad, expert in geopolitics, security issues and international relations, is an Assistant Lecturer of Political Science at College of Law and Politics, Salahaadin University, in Erbil. In the following exclusive article for EPOS WorldView, he discusses the future of Mosul, analysing the position of all the armed groups involved in the operation to retake the city after more than two years of Islamic State occupation. Mr. Mohammad tries to answer two questions: how can these forces participate in rebuilding and governing Mosul? Can they be reintegrated into formal army and state institutions? Rebuilding Mosul and all other liberated areas requires a national and comprehensive strategy but, at the moment, there is no vision and common understanding of the priorities, Mr. Mohammad states



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Epos converses with Mr. Zainul-Abdeen and Mr. Ammash

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Mr. Ammar Wajih Zainul-Abdeen and Mr. Mohammed Shaker Ammash are both from Iraq. Mr. Zainul-Abdeen is a public policy analyst, and he used to live in Mosul before ISIS arrived. Mr. Ammash served as the Chief of Staff to the Iraqi presidency during al-Maliki government. In this exclusive interview for EPOS they talk about the latest news in Iraq, giving to EPOS readers a particular and unique perspective from the withinside. They depict the situation on the ground, discussing the takeover of Mosul by ISIS and its unknown background, the responsabilities and the involvement of the politics and of many other actors, the position of the International Community, the involvement of the West and the role of KRG

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by Idrees Mohammed

EPOS Insights

The IS movement towards Erbil threatened the security of Kurdistan Region. People were panicked and large numbers rushed into Erbil airport to leave the region. The humanitarian catastrophe in Shingal and the threat of Erbil's fall to IS rang alarm bells worldwide. The situation is rather complicated. It does not look to be a short-term bottleneck. There is a need for a long-term strategy to deal with the situation



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Epos converses with Dr. Dawood Atrushi

by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)
EPOS Conversations

Dr. Dawood Atrushi is the Vice-president for International Relations at the University of Duhok (UoD) in Iraqi-Kurdistan. At the UoD he is responsible for developing and overseeing a variety of university-wide initiatives and policies related to international research and education. In this exclusive interview for EPOS, Dr. Atrushi talks about the current situation in Iraq, whether the Kurds can hold against ISIS, what the latest developments mean for the Peshmerga fighters, the Kurdish bid for independence and the future of the whole country

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Epos converses with Idrees Mohammed

by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)
EPOS Conversations

Idrees Mohammed is an expert in International Relations and Kurdish affairs. His MA thesis was on Turkey's policy towards Kurdistan Region. He is now focusing on Turkey's policy towards Kurds, including Syria's Kurdish. He teaches International Relations in University of Duhok’s department of Political Science. In this exclusive interview for EPOS, Idrees Mohammed talks about what is happening in Mosul, focusing on the Kurdish approach to the crisis, and investigating on the role and the reactions of Iraq's neighbouring countries on the takeover of Mosul by ISIS

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