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Paul Iddon is a freelance journalist based in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan who writes about Middle East affairs

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Why Baghdad's new visa system could emulate Kurdistan's success

06 April, 2021

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.

Will Biden really curb arms sales to Saudi Arabia?

22 March, 2021

Analysis: The US is mulling limiting any future arms deals with Saudi Arabia to 'defensive' weapons. This has been tried before.

Could Iraq's Iran-backed militias arm the PKK against Turkey?

10 March, 2021

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?

How should Turkey's military presence in Syria be assessed?

16 February, 2021

Analysis: Has Ankara's role in northern Syria made any positive impact, or will it ultimately be counterproductive?

What does the future hold for Libya's Haftar?

06 January, 2021

Analysis: With Haftar's allies divided, questions loom about the LNA leader's future role in Libya.

How Putin's Russia helped crush the Arab Spring

18 December, 2020

Analysis: Putin has always endorsed authoritarian rule in the Middle East and Russia has profited significantly from the brutal subversion of popular uprisings.

Iraqi Kurdistan fears entanglement in Turkey-UAE cold war

07 July, 2020

Analysis: Iraqi Kurdistan hopes to avoid becoming entangled in a regional cold war.

Bolton's book and why Trump betrayed the Kurds

24 June, 2020

Comment: Bolton's book shines a light on President Trump's crass dismissal of Kurdish sacrifices, writes Paul Iddon.

Russia, China seek foothold in Middle East arms market

24 June, 2020

The US dominates arms exports to the Middle East, but Russia and China are vying for influence in the lucrative market.

Russia's expanding military footprint in the Middle East

09 June, 2020

Over the last decade Russia has visibly expanded its military, economic and political influence in the Middle East.

What normalisation of Assad's regime could mean for Turkey

27 May, 2020

Most of the countries that have restored ties with Damascus are motivated by their strong desire to undermine Turkey's objectives in the wider region.

Is Libya on the road to de facto partition?

01 May, 2020

Neither side in Libya's civil war can achieve a decisive victory.

Paul Iddon
Paul Iddon

Paul Iddon is a freelance journalist based in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan who writes about Middle East affairs

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