Showing posts tagged as "joost hiltermann"

Showing posts tagged joost hiltermann

5 Jun
Examining Iraq’s Latest Upsurge In Violence | NPR Morning Edition
Sectarian violence has flared in Iraq a year and a half after the departure of American forces. The U.N. reported that more than 1,000 people were killed there in May, the deadliest violence since the height of the insurgency during the U.S. occupation. For more on what’s causing the chaos, Linda Wertheimer talks with Joost Hiltermann, an Iraq expert with the International Crisis Group.
Listen to the interview here.

Examining Iraq’s Latest Upsurge In Violence | NPR Morning Edition

Sectarian violence has flared in Iraq a year and a half after the departure of American forces. The U.N. reported that more than 1,000 people were killed there in May, the deadliest violence since the height of the insurgency during the U.S. occupation. For more on what’s causing the chaos, Linda Wertheimer talks with Joost Hiltermann, an Iraq expert with the International Crisis Group.

Listen to the interview here.

16 Jan

Joost Hiltermann talks to Voice of Russia’s Stephen Schaber about the wider implications of an oil deal in negotiation between Turkey and the Iraqi Kurds in “Turkey-Iraqi Kurds Oil Deal Could Re-Shape Middle East Map

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29 Nov
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.
FULL ARTICLE (NPR)
Photo: Freedom House/ Flickr

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.

FULL ARTICLE (NPR)

Photo: Freedom House/ Flickr

2 Nov
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
FULL ARTICLE (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Photo: James Gordon/Flickr

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

FULL ARTICLE (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Photo: James Gordon/Flickr

25 Oct
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.
FULL ARTICLE (RealClearWorld)
Photo: Jan Sefti/Flickr

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.

FULL ARTICLE (RealClearWorld)

Photo: Jan Sefti/Flickr

24 Oct
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.
FULL ARTICLE (Al Bawaba)
Photo: U.S. Airforce Staff Sgt. Jessica J. Wilkes/Wikimedia Commons

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.

FULL ARTICLE (Al Bawaba)

Photo: U.S. Airforce Staff Sgt. Jessica J. Wilkes/Wikimedia Commons

4 Oct
"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

12 Sep
"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

(Source: crisisgroup.org)

7 Sep
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.”
FULL ARTICLE (Huffington Post) 
Photo: Safwat Sayed/Flickr

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.”

FULL ARTICLE (Huffington Post)

Photo: Safwat Sayed/Flickr

1 Sep
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.
FULL ARTICLE (Reuters)

Photo: FreedomHouse2/Flickr

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.

Photo: FreedomHouse2/Flickr