Ibrahim Al-Marashi

Ibrahim Al-Marashi

Ibrahim al-Marashi is an associate professor at the Department of History, California State University, San Marcos. He is the co-author of the forthcoming The Modern History of Iraq, 4th edition.

Iraq

How Iraq's elections proved 'status quo' expectations wrong

Iraq's election was supposed to seal the political status quo, but Iraqis voted against it.

How Iraq's elections proved 'status quo' expectations wrong

Middle East

Trump's strike didn't stop Assad last year and won't stop him now

The 2017 and 2018 strikes on Syria after alleged chemical weapons attacks were symbolic, changing little on the ground.

Trump's strike didn't stop Assad last year and won't stop him now

Middle East

Trump is not only ditching the Iran deal, but Iraq too

The US has snubbed Iran before, with dire consequences for the stability of the Middle East.

Trump is not only ditching the Iran deal, but Iraq too

Battle for Mosul

The battle for Mosul is almost over. What next?

Can ISIL make a comeback in Mosul?

The battle for Mosul is almost over. What next?

Syria's War

Trump's strike on Syria: A convenient distraction

It's not the first time a US president launches missile strikes that do not amount to much but boost ratings.

Trump's strike on Syria: A convenient distraction

Iraq

The future of militias in post-ISIL Iraq

Iraq’s future stability will depend on how it manages its various militias.

The future of militias in post-ISIL Iraq

Saddam Hussein

Saddam's death gave birth to Saddams in other guises

A decade after the Iraqi president's execution, a system that results in the daily deaths of Iraqis continues unabated.

Saddam's death gave birth to Saddams in other guises

Politics

The orange-haired president and the caliph's grey zone

As ISIL goes on the defensive, Trump's victory and declaration of a Muslim registry will perpetuate its narrative.

The orange-haired president and the caliph's grey zone

War & Conflict

Syria, the Spanish Civil war and foreign legions

Like in the Spanish Civil War, the "foreign legions" are complicating the resolution of the conflict in Syria.

Syria, the Spanish Civil war and foreign legions

War & Conflict

The day after the battle for Mosul

As battle for Mosul begins, Iraq and the US must develop a humanitarian and political strategy before the fighting ends.

The day after the battle for Mosul

War & Conflict

Donald Trump and the mythology of ISIL's rise

Trump offered no new ISIL strategy, but recycled old myths that continue to persist.

Donald Trump and the mythology of ISIL's rise

Politics

What the Spanish civil war can reveal about Syria

The Spanish civil war spanned three years - why has the Syrian conflict endured so much longer?

What the Spanish civil war can reveal about Syria