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Bashdar Ismaeel
Bashdar Ismaeel

Writer and geopolitical energy and security analyst.

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International powers scramble to manipulate Afrin for geopolitical gains

28 February, 2018

Analysis: Afrin has become a theatre for regional and global powers to wield influence, extract concessions to boost their goals in Syria, and settle scores over rivals, writes Bashdar Ismaeel.

Regional alliance punishing Iraq's Kurds for referendum cannot last

07 February, 2018

Analysis: Determination to derail Kurdish statehood aspirations led to the emergence of a newfound Ankara-Baghdad-Tehran alliance, but this anti-Kurdish bloc may not be sustainable.

Syrian Kurds remain vital to Russian and US interests

12 January, 2018

Analysis: As Syria's civil war stutters towards an eventual end, the jockeying for political influence and strategic footholds is as crucial as ever, reports Bashdar Ismaeel.

Dominance of militias may haunt Baghdad

02 November, 2017

Comment: Iraq remains at the mercy of sectarianism and violence, writes Bashdar Ismaeel.

Bashdar Ismaeel
Bashdar Ismaeel

Writer and geopolitical energy and security analyst.

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