Archive for the 'Re. Iraq Elections' Category

Framing the Middle East: A Policy Wish List for a Complex Regional System

Monday, November 18th, 2019

Faisal L Kadri Abstract Re-assigning spheres of influence over the Middle East is old practice for world powers since Sykes-Picot and before. However, the division of spheres of the US and Russia/USSR over Iraq and Syria respectively seems to hold firm for well over half a century; events since 2003 seem to confirm that the […]

From the Sublime to the Profane: American Blunders in the Middle East

Monday, June 20th, 2016

It is profane for the U.S. to adopt sectarian divisions in Afghanistan and the Middle East when all governments in recent history were secular.

Good Constitution is No Substitution for Good Elections

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Today with the widespread use of the internet and cellular phones the achievement of clean and transparent elections with international oversight is achievable if the political will exists.

What will a politicized census mean to Iraq

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

A politicised census run by the current Government of Iraq means that many Iraqis will not be counted either by fear or by politically motivated exclusion, this will create a security and humanitarian situation in the region and will absolve the government of Iraq of its responsibilities towards its uncounted citizens, and will infringe on their human rights as recognized by the UN charter.

Why UNCEI Now?

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

The March 2010 election may bring a situation where UN run Census and Election for Iraq is inevitable, here is why.

Kurdistan

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

A scenario of a shared smaller Lebanon-sized Kurdistan is more viable, where all regional parties may benefit from its creation in the long run.

Who Holds the Joker?

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

Self-regulation of elections in Iraq and Afghanistan has failed; there is always a joker in their deck of cards.

Refocusing on the elections in Iraq: vote rigging and disenfranchising are the main threats

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

I watched a debate about the recent elections in the Kurdish region, the results showed the emergence of two opposition parties but not enough to pose serious threat to the domination of the KDP-PUK alliance. The existence of thousands of foreign observers was hailed but could not hide the claim of vote rigging and partiality […]

What if the Iran’s elections happened in Iraq? It already did.

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

The year 2005 was highly eventful for Iraqi democracy, in January the first free elections since the fall of the monarchy was held, the election for a temporary parliament enjoyed popular legitimacy despite the Sunni Arab boycott, only 430 complaints of irregularities or one complaint per 20,000 votes were issued. The results were skewed in […]

America’s new risk in Iraq: entrenched ungrateful allies

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

The legacy of George W Bush’s policies in Iraq continue to cast its shadow on Iraqi politics, the Iraqi allies he chose to work with are still in strong positions but now they are increasingly critical of the U.S. Nouri Almaliki, the prime minister, is in a balancing act since he is resisting calls to […]