Muqtada al-Sadr and me: Chicago on the Tigris

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Michael Patrick Flanagan represented the 5th District of Illinois in the historic 104th Congress. He sat on the Committees on the Judiciary, Government Reform and Oversight, and Veterans’ Affairs. Prior to his Congressional Service, Michael was commissioned in the United States Army Field Artillery. After leaving Congress, Michael and his firm, Flanagan Consulting LLC, have represented both large and small corporations, organizations, and associations. In 2009, Michael took a sabbatical from his lobbying business and entered public service again with the United States Department of State in Iraq as the Senior Rule of Law Advisor on the Maysan Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Maysan, Iraq. For his work, Michael was awarded the Man of the Year by the Iraqi Courts, the Civilian Service Medal by the US Army and was also given the Individual Distinguished Honor Award. Michael is currently a consultant in Washington, D.C. His email ID is CommentsForMike@flanaganconsulting.com.


Arab Coalition forces target Houthi missile depots in Saada

Monday, 14 May 2018

Spokesman for the Arab Coalition forces in Yemen, Colonel Turki al-Maliki, has said that six ......

ANALYSIS: The ‘Salvador Option’ in Iraq to promote Iran’s sway

Sunday, 03 September 2017

Since the fall of Saddam Hussein, death squads have taken root in Iraq’s political core, and ......

Maliki’s Russia visit sparks controversy in Iraq

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki’s recent visit to Russia, which his office said ......

ANALYSIS: Are Iraq death squads awaiting the return of Nouri al-Maliki?

Friday, 14 July 2017

Since the invasion of Iraq by Coalition troops to bring down Saddam Hussein, the Iranians have been ......

Angry protestors describe Iraq’s ex-PM Maliki ‘head of thieves,’ ‘trash’

Monday, 12 December 2016

Angry protesters on Sunday have stormed a meeting held by Iraq’s former Prime Minister Nouri ......

OPINION: In Mosul, ISIS and others, have fallen

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The fall of Mosul into the hands of ISIS two years ago came as a shock. Prime Minister Nouri ......

How is Nouri al-Maliki not in prison?

Thursday, 01 September 2016

Azeem Ibrahim is Senior Fellow at the Centre for Global Policy and Adj Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College. He completed his PhD from the University of Cambridge and served as an International Security Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and a World Fellow at Yale. Over the years he has met and advised numerous world leaders on policy development and was ranked as a Top 100 Global Thinker by the European Social Think Tank in 2010 and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He tweets @AzeemIbrahim


Report: U.S. foils assassination bids of Iraqi PM

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

The U.S. embassy has foiled two attempts to assassinate Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, a high ......

ISIS is not America’s fault and airstrikes won’t defeat them

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Joyce Karam is the Washington Bureau Chief for Al-Hayat Newspaper, an International Arabic Daily based in London. She has covered American politics extensively since 2004 with focus on U.S. policy towards the Middle East. Prior to that, she worked as a Journalist in Lebanon, covering the Post-war situation. Joyce holds a B.A. in Journalism and an M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. Twitter: @Joyce_Karam


Iraq PM sacks senior official in reform push

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has sacked a senior cabinet official who was a close aide to ......

What’s next for Iraq and its key players after sweeping reforms?

Sunday, 09 August 2015

Saturday’s bold reforms proposed by the Iraqi prime minister - prompted by weeks of protests ......

Iraq’s leader to seek arms, with deferred payment, on U.S. visit

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Iraq’s prime minister will seek President Barack Obama’s help to acquire billions of ......

Iraqi disputes over Iran’s role in fighting ISIS

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Raghida Dergham is Columnist, Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, and New York Bureau Chief for the London-based Al Hayat newspaper since 1989. She is dean of the international media at the United Nations. Dergham is Founder and Executive Chairman of Beirut Institute, an indigenous, independent, inter-generational think tank for the Arab region with a global reach. An authority on strategic international relations, Dergham is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and an Honorary Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association. She served on the International Media Council of the World Economic Forum, and is a member of the Development Advisory Committee of the IAP- the Global Network of Science Academies. She can be reached on Twitter @RaghidaDergham

In addition to covering the crucial American-Soviet Summits in the 80s and the 27th Congress of the Soviet Communist Party, she has conducted hundreds of interviews with Heads of State and Government Leaders throughout the world and moderated a roundtable of eight Presidents and Prime Ministers for UNCTAD at Bangkok in 1991. Dergham is Contributor to The Huffington Post, Opinion Writer for Al Arabiya English, and has contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Newsweek. She was Political Analyst for NBC, MSNBC and the Arab satellite LBC for eight years as well as a Contributing Editor for LA Times Syndicate Global Viewpoint. As president of the United Nations Correspondents Association for 1997, Dergham was appointed to the Task Force on the Reorientation of Public Information by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, and served as Chairman of the Dag Hammarskjold Fund Board in 2005.

Dergham is a frequent lecturer at Universities, Think Tanks and Business Councils throughout the world She spoke at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia and Georgetown among other distinguished universities. She is a frequent participant in Policy conferences and is quoted in several books. A recipient of numerous lifetime achievement awards, Dr. Dergham is in SUNY's Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Alumna and has received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the New York State University comprised of 64 institutions.


Politicians to blame for Iraq Sunni-Shiite strife: Maliki

Sunday, 04 January 2015

Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki, who was widely criticized for sectarian policies during his ......