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Between the wars: Iran’s relations with Iraq in the 1970s

by Paul Iddon For a brief period, the second half of the 1970s, Iran and Iraq went through a thaw in their hitherto antagonistic relationship. After having reached an agreement to settle a major border dispute, they seemed to have … Continue reading

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The Triple Shocks of 1979 and the Making of the Middle East

by Lt. Col. Chad M. Pillai. He is a U.S. Army strategist who has served in assignments in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Lt. Col. Pillai is a published author in a variety of journals and online forums to … Continue reading

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How Water Scarcity Exacerbated Iraq’s History of Political Violence

by Austin Michael Bodetti. He researches the intersection of Islam, culture, and politics in Africa and Asia. He traveled to Iraq in the summer of 2016. The sudden onset of the Iraqi Civil War in 2014 prompted diplomats, generals, and … Continue reading

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Is the Russian T-90 a better tank for Iraq than the American Abrams?

by Paul Iddon. Iraq has recently began taking delivery of 73 Russian T-90S/SK main battle tanks (MBTs), the most sophisticated tank to enter the Iraqi arsenal since the United States supplied Baghdad with 140 refurbished M1A1M Abrams MBTs (without depleted … Continue reading

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What Sadr’s rise to power in Baghdad might mean for Iraqi Kurdistan

by Paul Iddon The results from this month’s Iraqi elections have made it indisputably clear that Muqtada al-Sadr is a powerful figure in Baghdad who cannot be dismissed. While it’s not yet clear what this will mean for the autonomous … Continue reading

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Drones are an evolving threat: The ‘poor man’s’ precision guided munition

by Asiri Fernando. He is currently reading for a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Politics, Security and Counter Terrorism Studies at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia. He has completed an internship at the Institute of National Security Studies … Continue reading

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That time Israel boldly flew F-15s through the air spaces of five Arab countries

by Paul Iddon. In October 1991, less than a year after the Gulf War at least two Israeli F-15 Eagle air superiority jet fighters took off from Israel and made a round-trip that violated the air spaces of five Arab … Continue reading

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Why Iraq’s Assyrians took up Arms

by Austin Michael Bodetti. He is an analyst and journalist specializing in Afghanistan and Iraq. Whether intentional or not, the Middle East has spent over a millennium Arabizing and Islamizing its peoples. Few know the consequences of this phenomenon better … Continue reading

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Chinese drones and Russian air defense missiles: Why America’s Middle East allies are shopping elsewhere for some of their weapons

by Paul Iddon. The United State’s Middle East allies are increasingly using other sources to either purchase weapons which Washington won’t sell or equipment with comparable capabilities to what Washington has to offer. This ranges from drones, which the U.S. … Continue reading

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The struggle between regular armed forces and paramilitaries in Iraq, Iran and Syria

by Paul Iddon. Today, in a span of territory stretching from Iran’s frontiers with Afghanistan and Pakistan to Lebanon’s Mediterranean coast are states in which paramilitary forces have formidable power either competing with, or exceeding, the power of regular conventional … Continue reading

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