What is happening in Iraq? What are the regional implications of the ISIS offensive? How have the GCC states reacted to the ISIS offensive? What options does the United States have to affect change on the ground? Will airstrikes help? Can Maliki be convinced to make much needed reforms? What role can Iran play?
Today, I speak with Michael Stephens, the Deputy Director of RUSI Qatar, and Shashank Joshi, a Research Fellow at RUSI, about the situation in Iraq and the future of the country.
We discussed a number of articles during the podcast:
Aaron Stein, “The ISIS Operation in Mosul and the Implications for Turkish Foreign Policy,” Turkey Wonk, June 10, 2014.
Michael Stephens is keeping a live blog, “Iraq Crisis: Dispatch from the North,” during his time spent in Iraq.
Michael Stephens, “Breaking point: Iraq is now in the grip of civil war,” CITY A.M., June 18, 2014.
Shashank Joshi. “Iran and America in Iraq: a Great Rapprochement, or Hot Air?,” RUSI.org, June 17, 2014
Shashank Joshi and Aaron Stein, “Iraq, ISIL and the region’s choices,” Al Jazeera, June 12, 2014.
“Iraq’s Jihadi Jack-in-the-Box,” The International Crisis Group, June 20, 2014.
Martin Chulov and Spencer Ackerman, “How Nouri al-Maliki fell out of favour with the US,” The Guardian, June 19, 2014.