Iraq, a year of protests

A year ago, Iraq erupted into an unprecedented wave of protests that snowballed into a full-fledged movement seeking profound reform for a political system that had become notorious for its corruption, cronyism and subservience to foreign powers.

October 26, 2020 Read More

Iraq’s constitutional reform suffers further setbacks

The Iraqi parliament approved late last year a new election law that introduces an individual-voting system. However, technical problems regarding how to divide the provinces into electoral constituencies have hampered efforts to reach an agreement.

September 11, 2020 Read More

What is driving unrest in Tripoli, Libya

On 23 August, large protests erupted in the Libyan capital Tripoli, which until recently had been under military attack by rival forces for more than a year. The protests began by decrying endemic corruption and deteriorating living conditions in the capital.

September 3, 2020 Read More

Taliban increase tempo of attacks near Kabul

Even as the Taliban and the Afghan government are on the verge of entering into direct peace talks, the insurgent group has increased its attacks and activities in Kabul city's neighbouring districts

August 24, 2020 Read More

IS increases focus on prisons

IS has told its members that freeing prisoners is a top priority, as the group seeks to capitalise on the "success" of its recent attack on a prison in east Afghanistan. IS made the call in the latest issue of its weekly newspaper al-Naba, via the messaging apps Hoop and Telegram. 

August 7, 2020 Read More