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Bashdar Ismaeel

Writer and geopolitical energy and security analyst.

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Istanbul election rerun sends wake-up call to Erdogan's AKP

26 June, 2019

Comment: The AKP's loss in Istanbul will serve as a warning for the party, but with the right response, they can address the opposition's concerns, writes Bashdar Ismaeel.

Iraq: Battleground or bridge for regional rivals?

17 May, 2019

Comment: Saudi Arabia's designs on closer ties with Iraq may mean engaging more with arch regional rival, Iran, writes Bashdar Ismaeel.

The Islamic State group will be back after Baghouz

05 March, 2019

Comment: Any focus on victory over IS ignores the immense work ahead, writes Bashdar Ismaeel.

America's speedy exit could hand Afghanistan to Taliban

27 December, 2018

Comment: Afghanistan finds itself in a precarious political and security position, with the resurgent Taliban a persistent thorn on the side of the Afghan government, writes Bashdar Ismaeel.

Trump's hasty Syria withdrawal spells uncertain times for Kurds

20 December, 2018

Comment: A hasty US withdrawal would leave the region in state of greater instability than when Washington arrived, writes Bashdar Ismaeel.

Ankara's military build-up heralds tough choices for Washington

18 December, 2018

Comment: The US has tried to sit on the fence between local allies in the SDF and regional allies in Ankara, but the situation is increasingly untenable, writes Bashdar Ismaeel

It's time for Iraqi politicians to finally deliver

07 November, 2018

Comment: The time has come for Iraq's politicians to prove they can overcome foreign meddling, sectarianism and corruption, writes Bashdar Ismaeel.

Unease brews as Iraqi Kurds brace for crucial election

28 September, 2018

Comment: A year after the independence referendum, Iraq's Kurds will need to show unity in order to cement their leverage in Baghdad, writes Bashdar Ismaeel.

Turkey, Trump and the new geopolitics

03 September, 2018

Comment: Fraught relations between Washington and Ankara speak of a wider story in the Middle East, writes Bashdar Ismaeel.

It's make or break for Erdogan vs Turkey's opposition

18 June, 2018

Comment: No matter who is the victor, they will have to contend with the half, who will be bitter at any electoral defeat, writes Bashdar Ismaeel

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.

Bashdar Ismaeel
Bashdar Ismaeel

Writer and geopolitical energy and security analyst.

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