Featured St. Norbert’s College Lecturer: Dr. Ozum Yesiltas
Date: Saturday, January 17, 2015
Eleven years after the forcible removal of Saddam Hussein’s regime, Iraq is in chaos. The spectacular capture of Mosul by the jihadist militant group known as the Islamic State (ISIS) on June 9, 2014 and its striking military progression towards Bagdad have greatly contributed to the destabilization of fragile order in Iraq as well as the disintegration of Iraq-Syria border. The situation in Iraq and Syria not only presents a continuing humanitarian crisis and a threat to the Middle East stability but also raises important questions about the decade-long occupation of Iraq and the US strategy of “nation-building” abroad as part of the war on terrorism. While the fragmentation of Iraq and Syria is worsening, the ISIS invasion fundamentally impacts wider issues such as a far more autonomous Kurdistan, the challenges posed by porous borders in the Middle East and the deepening ethnic and sectarian divides in the region.