Iraq a strategic overview between east and west

The death of Kuwait’s 91-year-old Emir Sabah al Ahmad al Jaber al Sabah in late September served as a reminder to the origins of the United States’ enhanced military involvement in the Arabian Gulf region, which go back to the Iran-Iraq war, including the “tanker war” and the reflagging of local vessels, and then to the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait and two American-led coalition wars against Saddam Hussein’s regime. Ever since the second one, American Presidents have tried to extricate their forces from Iraq without paying too much in regional security and stability. The dilemma is that if the Americans stay, Iran exploits it against a weak government in Baghdad, and if they pull out, in line with a rare wish common to both Barack Obama and Donald Trump, the vacuum is filled by Iranian proxies as well as by Jihadi groups such as Daesh. How is the new government, led by American protege Mustafa al-Kadhimi, faring under these conditions?

Guests Brigadier General (Res.) Yossi Kuperwasser – Project Director on Middle East Developments, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Dr. Fadi Essmaeel, Research Fellow, ICT/IDC and Amir Oren.

Jerusalem Studio

The program offers the viewer deeper understanding about current events in Israel. The topics vary from domestic and foreign policy to social changes, archaelogy and religion.

The program is hosted by TV7 Israel News anchor Jonathan Hessen.

  • First broadcast: October 13, 2020, Taivas TV7
  • Episode number: 548
  • Duration: 30 min
  • Spoken languages:
  • English
  • Subtitles:
  • Finnish, Swedish