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The 2014 SC2 National Network Workshop: Capstone Event and New Beginning July 22, 2014 / Cleveland, OH

In April 2014, a unique network — nearly two years in the making — convened in Cleveland, Ohio, for two high-energy days of idea exchange, discussions, and workshops at the 2014 Strong Cities Strong Communities (SC2) National Network Workshop: Partnership for Prosperity.

BRICS leaders welcome new faces July 22, 2014

On Wednesday, the BRICS leaders welcomed some new faces to the table. Leaders from nearly a dozen South American nations joined the closing meeting.

Mediterranean Strategy Group 9 July 15, 2014

From May 28-30, GMF convened its 9th Mediterranean Strategy Group meeting in Turin, Italy. The focus of the two-day meeting centered on Mediterranean energy, with a special emphasis on energy "developments East and West."

Research & Analysis Archive

Turkey-Iraq Relations: From Close Partners to Adversaries January 07, 2013 / Mehmet Yegin, Hasan Selim Ozertem


Baghdad and Ankara have recently drifted apart due to domestic dynamics in Iraq and changing regional parameters. In domestic terms, the U.S. withdrawal ended the Shia and Kurdish alliance and revealed the tensions that were postponed by the U.S. policies. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s quest for centralization and nation building clashed with the Kurdish regional government’s position to keep its federal rights. Since Turkey encourages secular politics in Iraq and moved closer to the Kurds due to security concerns, Maliki regarded both moves as a challenge to his power and position. In the region, the Syrian crisis has polarized countries depending on their support for either Assad or the Syrian opposition. In this brief, the changing dynamics of Turkey-Iraq relations over the last five years are examined.