Tag: Iraq

Police Reform in Iraq: Challenges and Lessons Learned (Part 1)

CSG’s Antoine Vandemoortele interviews Sr. Fellow Paul Biddle, Strategic Police Advisor to the UK Embassy in Baghdad, the Coalition Joint Task Force Operation “Inherent Resolve” and the Governor of Anbar in Iraq between February and May 2016. Part 1 discusses Biddle’s role as Strategic Police Advisor as well as the context and key challenges of police reform in Anbar province.

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Police Reform in Iraq: Challenges and Lessons Learned (Part 2)

CSG’s Antoine Vandemoortele continues the interview with Paul Biddle, Strategic Police Advisor to the UK Embassy in Baghdad, the Coalition Joint Task Force Operation “Inherent Resolve” and the Governor of Anbar in Iraq between February and May 2016. Part II addresses issues of lessons learned and future areas of work to create a sustainable policing model in Anbar province.

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Countering ISIS: A Special Kind of Insurgency

It is commonplace these days to refer to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shām (i.e. Greater Syria) – henceforth, ISIS – as the greatest threat to regional, international, and for some countries, even national security. Yet, one of the biggest questions that needs to be answered is, how do we counter ISIS? In what follows, the particular character of the group is identified in order to suggest appropriate countering strategies.

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ISIS’ Success in Iraq: A Testimony to Failed Security Sector Reform

The pace with which the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Shām (ISIS) was able to seize territory in Iraq since June 2014 has been mindboggling. What has been a stunning military success for the foreign mujahedeen of ISIS, can only be described as a humiliating defeat for Iraq’s security sector and points to a breakdown in the security sector reform (SSR) efforts in Iraq.

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The Iraqi Security Force after the Americans

Since the US withdrawal in 2011, Iraq has largely faded from the headlines of Western news outlets. The Iraqi Security Forces’ (ISF) ability to maintain security is being tested as a resurgence of Al Qaeda attacks have occurred. An overview of Iraq’s security sector after the US withdrawal sheds light on these security challenges and mounting tensions.

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