Paul Iddon is a freelance journalist based in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan who writes about Middle East affairs
Analysis: Iraqis have suffered from 30 years of chronic electricity shortages, with successive wars, international sanctions, mismanagement, and rising demand all playing a part.
Analysis: Turkey is deforesting swathes of land along the border in Iraqi Kurdistan to pave the way for roads, enabling further military expansion in the region.
In-depth: Baghdad once sought to abolish the KRG's comparably liberal visa system. Now, new reforms will make it easier for foreign visitors to get an Iraqi visa on arrival.
Analysis: The US is mulling limiting any future arms deals with Saudi Arabia to 'defensive' weapons. This has been tried before.
Analysis: Iran-backed militias want to maintain dominance in Sinjar as an access point to Syria, but would they arm the PKK if Turkey launches a military operation in the region?
Analysis: Has Ankara's role in northern Syria made any positive impact, or will it ultimately be counterproductive?
Analysis: With Haftar's allies divided, questions loom about the LNA leader's future role in Libya.
Analysis: Putin has always endorsed authoritarian rule in the Middle East and Russia has profited significantly from the brutal subversion of popular uprisings.
Analysis: Iraqi Kurdistan hopes to avoid becoming entangled in a regional cold war.
The US dominates arms exports to the Middle East, but Russia and China are vying for influence in the lucrative market.