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Diyari Salih

Diyari Salih is an Iraqi academic working at al-Mustansiriyah university. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Geography from the University of Baghdad and a Post-Doctorate in International Relations from the University of Warsaw. His research focuses on geopolitical issues in Iraq. He tweets at @DiyariFaily

Great Power Competition Comes to the Middle East: Iraq and the China-Iran Agreement

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and State Councilor of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yi Signing the Iran–China 25-year Cooperation Program in Tehran, cc Tansim News, Erfan Kouchari, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Zarif_and_Wang_Yi_Signing_Iran%E2%80%93China_25-year_Cooperation_Program_3.jpg

The recent China-Iran agreement presents Baghdad with a profound geopolitical choice: the United States or China?

Airport Attack Reflects Growing Instability in Iraqi Kurdistan

cc Flickr Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/thejointstaff/26551826206/in/photolist-9ug7ug-9vdZCp-VXayX-NHbcFM-2aTwrG-6SVLSx-LS62E7-48r7Kv-2dZhxYR-3j718n-5UrJ2s-2gUZwG-4pHL8N-58qB7V-jYZVdx-2hJ16E5-5pSBGD-9AssyP-yEHNNK-qMFdtC-qXkc6X-qMMbxF-pE3qBz-Gsi3T1-qpCyvW-r3Wper-qNw71E-4zgbka-pDVVES-aqmxVQ-p914LV-qaRtyn-apVy4Y-oTroBu-5pSnYD-L273Em-qgZcYZ-2hHWqHu-75RMCV-rR9rHz-oUMcnu-G5tka5-9u4EsC-2hzsSZS-otJH3x-2hzt9uu-apVtff-wvqPHU-awXUgR-nQAvbz

A recent missile attack on Erbil airport in Iraqi Kurdistan portends growing instability in what has generally been a relatively peaceful region of Iraq.

Al-Kadhimi Government Faces Its First Test in Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, modified, cc The Media Office of the Prime Minister of Iraq, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mustafa_al-Kadhimi.jpg

Iraqi Prime Minister Mostafa al-Kadhimi is taking on the militias, and the early results aren’t encouraging.

Will US Troops End Up Stationed in Iraqi Kurdistan?

cc Flickr The U.S. Army, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

What might seem like an appealing option to US military planners is actually fraught with its own geopolitical perils.

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