Sibylline Insight Series

Sibylline Podcast – Iraq – Protests in Basra Likely to Disrupt Business Operations and Exacerbate Political Divisions

July 18, 2018

Iraq has recently been experiencing a new wave of protests and domestic unrest, especially in the southern part of the country. In recent days, widespread protests beginning in Basra have expanded across neighbouring cities, leading to transport disruptions and violent clashes between protestors and security forces. We discuss here the potential short and long term significance of these events, as well as the future trajectory for Iraqi politics and society amid rising anti-Iranian sentiment.

Key points include:

  • The key drivers and causes of these protests and their socio-economic context
  • The nature and characteristics of these events
  • The likely trajectory of domestic unrest within Iraq, and its potential ramifications for a new government


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