The return of the state and inter-militia competition in northern Iraq

The return of the state and inter-militia competition in northern Iraq

In the wake of the end of the war against Islamic State (IS), the Iraqi state redeployed in the north of Iraq in October 2017. This redeployment functions through the establishment of economic and security networks, run by local militia elites and coopted by the major national-level Shia parties. In the lead-up to the May 2018 parliamentary elections, this new socio-political reality is the key to how post-IS Iraq will evolve.

Actors and territories in northern Iraq

Actors and territories in northern Iraq

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Retour de l’État et concurrence milicienne dans le nord de l’Irak

Retour de l’État et concurrence milicienne dans le nord de l’Irak

La fin de la guerre contre l’État Islamique s’est traduite en octobre 2017 par un redéploiement de l’État irakien dans le nord du pays. Ce dernier s’opère à travers la mise en place de réseaux économiques et sécuritaires tenus par les élites miliciennes locales, cooptées par les grands partis chiites nationaux. À l’approche des élections parlementaires prévues en mai 2018, cette nouvelle réalité socio-politique constitue la clef du développement de l’Irak post-État Islamique mais porte également les germes de futures violences.

Shiite nationalism? Sistani, Present in Absence

Shiite nationalism? Sistani, Present in Absence

Protesters wave the Iraqi flag and pictures of Ali al-Sistani in a demonstration of support to the Prime Minister on Tahrir Square in Baghdad. © AP This is an extended version of an article previously published, in French and in Arabic, by Orient XXI. It does not take...
Doha en Érythrée

Doha en Érythrée

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed Al Bashir and Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki at the opening of Kassala-Al Lafa Highway, Kesala, Sudan, 26th October 2011 (©The Peninsula) Si l’extraordinaire élan qu’a connu la...