Showing posts tagged as "Joost Hiltermann"
Showing posts tagged Joost Hiltermann
In One Corner Of Syria, A Rebel Victory Results In Friction | NPR
By Deborah Amos and Rima Marrouch
When Syrian rebels seized the border post at Ras al-Ayn on Nov. 8, they celebrated the victory and went on to “liberate” the town, a place where both Arabs and Kurds live on Syria’s northeast border with Turkey.
But the Kurdish inhabitants quickly saw their “liberation” as a disaster. Within days, dozens were dead in clashes between Kurdish militias and the rebels.
Many civilians in Ras al-Ayn fled to neighboring Turkey. Kurds on both sides of the border blamed the Turkish government for arming the rebels and backing the operation.
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إسفين كردي بين العراق وتركيا | الشرق الأوسط
By Joost Hiltermann, Crisis Group’s MENA Deputy Program Director
لا عجب أن تستحوذ حالة من الغبطة على أكبر ثلاث مدن في إقليم كردستان العراق، أربيل والسليمانية ودهوك هذه الأيام، لاسيما أن أكراد العراق، الذين يقيمون في المنطقة شبه المستقلة التي تديرها حكومة إقليم كردستان، لديهم ما يكفي من الأسباب للاحتفال
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A Kurdish Wedge Between Iraq, Turkey | RealClearWorld
By Joost Hiltermann, Crisis Group’s Deputy Program Director for the Middle East and North Africa
The mood in Erbil, Sulaymaniyah and Dohuk - the three largest cities in Iraqi Kurdistan - is newly buoyant these days, and with good reason. Iraq’s Kurds, who occupy the semiautonomous region run by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), have much to celebrate.
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Power games in Iraq over ousted Central Bank chief | Al Bawaba
The targeting of Iraq’s well-respected central bank chief appears to be a move by Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki to consolidate power and sends a bad message to international investors, experts and diplomats say.
Sinan Al-Shabibi was last week replaced as governor of the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) while he was overseas, and arrest warrants have since been issued for him and other bank officials over allegations of currency manipulation.
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"Iraqi perceptions of Israel are shaped by Israel’s relentless military occupation, settlement, and conduct in Palestinian land. As long as this continues and Israel, in Arab eyes, makes no serious move toward ending the occupation, and as long as the US continues to largely support the Israeli side in this conflict, yes, Iraq’s relationship with the US will remain very difficult."
—Joost Hiltermann, talking to Robert Tollast, in “Iraq in the Middle Part VII: Joost Hiltermann on Iraq’s Relations with Israel”, Small Wars Journal
"التصالح بين حكومة المالكي والأكراد وإقامة علاقات ودية بينهما أمر غير مرجح، وإن أي اتفاق جديد سيكون مجرد وسيلة مؤقتة لتلبية احتياجاتهم الحالية فقط"
—Joost Hiltermann, Crisis Group’s MENA Deputy Program Director, on developments in Kurdistan’s oil industry and their impact on Kurdistan’s relationship with the Iraqi central government, in “Iraq’s Oil Battle”, Asharq Alawsat
Making Iran Into Enemy Number One | Huffington Post
By Fariba Amini
Joost Hiltermann, a researcher on the subject of the Iran-Iraq war wrote some years ago, “Today the world faces the prospect a nuclear-armed Iran, which never again will allow itself to be caught so dangerously exposed to superior arms, illegal methods of warfare, and the world’s tolerance of such.”
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Analysis: Syrian Kurds sense freedom, power struggle awaits | Reuters
By Patrick Markey
Some towns in northeastern Syria are flying yellow, green and red Kurdish flags as long-oppressed Kurds exploit an uneasy vacuum left by President Bashar al-Assad’s retreating forces.
Can Iraq find its way out of its current political stalemate? An interview with Joost Hiltermann | Ekurd.net
By Joel Wing
The International Crisis Group (IGC) is one of the best sources on Iraq. Its reports contain some of the most in-depth analysis of the situation within that country. Joost Hiltermann is the Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the IGC, and is responsible for much of that coverage. Below is a short interview with Hiltermann about whether Iraq can solve its on going political problems.
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