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Bashdar Ismaeel
Bashdar Ismaeel

Writer and geopolitical energy and security analyst.

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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.

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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