After 8 months of heavy fighting, it seems that Mosul is next to be liberated. However, this would not mark the complete defeat of IS in Iraq, nor would it signal the end of the crises affecting the country.
What will be the fate of the city and the other liberated territories? Could a victory over a common enemy re-ignite competition among Iraq’s various ethno-sectarian communities? And could this prompt further demands for autonomy by the Kurds, who played a central role in fighting IS? What are the interests and agendas of the main regional and international players for the future of the country?
To put all these questions into perspective, ISPI has just published the Report “After Mosul: Re-inventing Iraq,” edited by Andrea Plebani. The volume sketches out possible answers through a multi-pronged approach, bringing to light the complexity of the Iraqi scenario and the influence exerted by a broad array of actors.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION, Paolo Magri
1. What Future for Iraq? Unity and Partition after Mosul, Ibrahim Al-Marashi
2. The Land of Two Rivers Through Arab Shi'a Eyes, Giovanni Parigi
3. The "Other Iraq" after Mosul: What Future for the Kurdish Region?, Ofra Bengio
4. Mosul, Sunni Arabs and the Day After, Myriam Benraad
5. The Liberation of Mosul in the Middle Eastern Balance of Power, Marina Calculli
6. After Mosul: What Fate for IS in Iraq, Andrea Plebani
POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EU, Andrea Plebani