Contemporary Iraq 101
Khatab Sabir, one of our research students who is working on Kurdish experiences under Saddam Hussein’s regime, just forwarded me a link to this presentation by MSNBC on the political background to the current situation in Iraq. In my view it provides a useful corrective to the prevailing perception that the conflict in Iraq is essentially religious, i.e. ‘cultural’, in nature. Instead, it points more clearly to regional geopolitical tensions and machinations, though limiting its analysis to Iraq’s neighbouring countries. The geopolitical designs of the US and Israel, for example, are tellingly left out of the equation. Still, it’s good to see the mainstream media making an attempt to provide some sort of contextualisation of the situation. Sadly, even this rather basic level of analysis is relatively rare.