Ranj Alaaldin

Ranj Alaaldin is a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and a Doctoral Researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he focuses on Iraq and the Middle East. He previously specialised in the law of armed conflict and the use of force.

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Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters look on as smoke billows from the town Makhmur, about 175 miles north of the capital Baghdad, during clashes with Isis militants

If Iraq is to survive, then it must be divided into separate regions

It is no coincidence that country's most stable areas are those where security and governance are in the hands of locally supported groups

File image: Bashar al-Assad has given his first American TV interview in two years, and denied his regime was behind the Damascus chemical weapons attack

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Iraqis inspect the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's impoverished district of Sadr City last month

Blame Iraq, not America, for sectarian civil war

Iraqi society is as polarised as ever. The ongoing battles over its future shape show that the country's divisions long pre-dated the Western invasion of a decade ago

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