Al Zurfi’s nomination as Iraq PM first step to ending political deadlock

Al Zurfi’s nomination as Iraq PM first step to ending political deadlock

**Written and disseminated to select contacts on March 18, 2020**

PM-designate Adnan Al Zurfi has until mid-April to form a cabinet and gain parliamentary approval. If successful, Iraq could form a new parliament by 2021, paving the way for greater pushback against Iranian influence in the country. In the meantime, there is a risk alienated militias will step up attacks on coalition forces and Iraq’s security apparatus.

Daniel Moshashai | Regional Analyst – Geopolitics & Infrastructure | d.moshashai@castlereagh.net

Now everyone has the big boy’s toys:  The democratization of air power

Now everyone has the big boy’s toys:  The democratization of air power

Technological advances and increased globalization are calling into question long-held assumptions about the use of air power. Non-state actors capable of leveraging new technology – such as cheap precision guided missiles and drones – present a new challenge for air forces of advanced industrial states. Traditional powers must understand these emerging capabilities and the momentary advantages they create if they are to take steps to nullify them.

Al Zurfi’s nomination as Iraq PM first step to ending political deadlock

Iranian missile strikes on US bases

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Daniel Moshashai | Regional Analyst – Geopolitics and Infrastructure | d.moshashai@castlereagh.net