Othman Ali

Othman Ali

Dr. Othman Ali is a Professor of Modern History of Kurds at Salahaddin University in Erbil. He is currently a research fellow at the Middle East Institute of Sakarya University.
The US-Iran Rivalry in Iraq May Cause Another Popular Uprising

The US-Iran Rivalry in Iraq May Cause Another Popular Uprising

February 18, 2019
The U.S. administration has two options in Iraq: either to back track Trump’s harsh rhetoric on Iran and Iraq and accept to continue the previous U.S. administration’s policy of tacit agreement with Iran to keep Iraq out of their confrontation, or to continue the current escalation, which will lead to an inevitable clash in Iraq with a serious destabilizing spill-over for other countries in the region, including Turkey.
The US-Iran Scramble for post-Abadi Iraq How Will Turkey be

The US-Iran Scramble for post-Abadi Iraq: How Will Turkey be Affected?

October 8, 2018
What will be Trump’s forthcoming strategy to contain Iran’s expansionist policy in the Middle East? If Trump’s policy is to make Iraq the theater for the first attempt to restrain Iran, as some policy analysts have suggested, then confrontation will be more probable.
The Indecisive 2018 Election Results and the Prospect of Civil

The Indecisive 2018 Election Results and the Prospect of Civil War in Iraq

June 25, 2018
The African proverb goes to say that when two elephants wrestle, it is only the grass on which the wrestle taking place will be harmed. Iraq looks like it has become the grass affected by the two fighting elephants: Iran and the U.S. Turkey should support Abadi or Sadr in order to form a coalition government as only a moderate Shiite group could help prevent a civil war.
The post-Kirkuk Operation KRG Baghdad Relations The Future Status of

The post-Kirkuk Operation KRG–Baghdad Relations: The Future Status of Barzani

December 6, 2017
Although Masoud Barzani remains as president of the KDP and is playing a consultative, though not insignificant role to Nechirvan Barzani, his career as a “national” leader seems to have come to an end.
Mosul in Ruins Kirkuk Awaits a Similar Destiny What can

Mosul in Ruins, Kirkuk Awaits a Similar Destiny: What can Turkey do?

July 27, 2017
Turkey should give clear signals to both al-Abadi and Iran that Kirkuk is an issue that touches its national security and it will not stand by watching if things deteriorate.
National Reconciliation in Iraq Opportunities and Challenges

National Reconciliation in Iraq: Opportunities and Challenges

February 24, 2017
Iraq has a chance to achieve a much needed national reconciliation, if political groups exhibit a true will to do so and receive the needed external support.