IWPR Insight

IWPR Insight feature showcases IWPR’s regional expertise, with our team of journalists around the world providing in-depth and original perspectives on news and issues affecting IWPR programme areas.

After remaining fairly quiet for the last couple of years, Asaib Ahl al-Haq (League of the Righteous) has emerged as a fighting force to be reckoned with, responsible among other things for a rocket attack on Baghdad’s Green Zone on July 4. Emad al-Shara, a local editor with IWPR in Iraq, describes the group’s history, military strength and role in Iraqi politics in a complex and fluid situation.



As unrest continues across the Arab world, regional players Turkey and Iran are seeking a greater role in the region. IWPR’s chief of mission in Iraq Ammar al-Shahbander examines the pressure points in Syria in particular and the broader strategic factors at play across the region. 


Giorgi Kupatadze

Facing plunging popularity ratings and widespread opposition protests, President Saakashvili determinedly refuses to step down – so what will he do when his second and final term ends in two year?

IWPR Georgia editor Giorgi Kupatadze ponders the Georgian leader’s likely course of action and assesses whether the opposition can come up with a candidate to replace him.


Saule Mukhametrakhimova

Clashes between police and armed men at the beginning of July and Kazakstan’s first ever suicide bombing in May have raised the spectre of an Islamic militant threat. IWPR Central Asia editor Saule Mukhametrakhimova explains how the authorities are handling the emergence of Muslim extremism in the west of the country.

Central Asia

Rachel Irwin

Former Croatian Serb leader Goran Hadzic, detained this week in Serbia, was the last remaining Hague tribunal indictee to have evaded arrest.

IWPR international justice reporter Rachel Irwin examines the charges against him and explains the significance of his arrest.

International Justice - ICTY

Ali Reza Eshraghi

The arrest of a close ally of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is being seen as a major reverse for the Iranian president. Mohammed Sharif Malekzadeh was placed in custody on fraud charges in late June, just a few days after he was nominated as deputy foreign minister and then forced to withdraw by parliament. IWPR’s Iran editor Ali Reza Eshraghi looks at the implications.


While Cairo and centres like Alexandria were the heartbeats of the Egyptian revolution, the country’s most populous region, Upper Egypt, has been something of a passive spectator, little influenced by the political tumult.

Ehab Kotb, from IWPR’s Middle East programme, looks at why addressing the needs of those in outlying areas is essential for the future of the country.

The Arab Spring

Daniella Peled

As voices supporting a popular, non-violent Palestinian resistance against the Israeli occupation grow, IWPR editor Daniella Peled looks at the likelihood of such a movement developing.

Are mass peaceful protests, such as seen throughout the Arab Spring, likely - and how would Israel react? 

The Arab Spring

As court proceedings get underway against former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic, IWPR Hague reporter Rachel Irwin examines arguably the most significant trial to take place at the Hague tribunal.

International Justice - ICTY

Public debate about how Kyrgyzstan should manage ethnic relations is intensifying ahead of the anniversary of last year’s violence in the south of the country. As IWPR Central Asia editor Saule Mukhametrakhimova explains, the government’s vision of how to shape a more harmonious future is being challenged by a rival document from the Ata-Jurt party, which focuses more on a dominant Kyrgyz identity.

Central Asia