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Media contributions from CAIS staff and research scholars

CAIS academic staff and research scholars have been able to provide constant media commentary on the situation in Iraq and Australia's involvement in the Middle East. The following interviews and media pieces have been published in recent months:

Amin Saikal, 'Australia’s misplaced move to become a major arms exporter to the Middle East', ANU News, 21 July 2017.

Bob Bowker, 'Egypt's Revolution and the Lessons for Today', Australian Institute of International Affairs, 21 July 2017.

Amin Saikal, 'Fifty years of Israel's occupation', ANU News, 8 June 2017

Xiaoli Victoria Guo, 'Is Turkey Acting Fairly? — Turkey’s Choice in T-LORAMIDS', Asian Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Vol. 11, No. 2, June 2017, pp 69-89.

Murat Yurtbilir, Winners of referendum 'will dominate Turkey, SkyNews, 17 April 2017.

Amin Saikal, 'Afghanistan: A pawn in major power rivalry?' AlJazeera, 16 April 2017.

Anas Iqtait, 'The Palestinian Authority’s quest for survival and relevance', The Lowy Interpreter, 13 April 2017.

Amin Saikal, What does Trump gain from punishing the Syrian regime?, SMH, 12 April 2017

Amin Saikal, Chemical weapons attacks in Syria, ABC Radio (Time 1.13 mins into program), 10 April 2017.

Bob Bowker, On the need to de-escalate the Syrian crisis, ABC News online,  10 April 2017.

Bob Bowker, Assad and chemical weapons: The regional repercussions. The Lowy Interpreter, 5 April 2017.

Damian Doyle (with Tristan Dunning), The tragedy of Mosul: battle against Islamic State is leading to all-too-familiar consequences, The Conversation, 3 April 2017.

Damian Doyle (with Tristan Dunning) 'The Day After: Iraq in the Wake of the Caliphate', Australian Institute of International Affairs, 23 March 2017.

Anas Iqtait, 'Is Jordan in danger?', The Lowy Interpreter, 16 February 2017.

Amin Saikal, What's next in the Donald Trump foreign policy two-step?, The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 January 2017.

Damian Doyle, A Year of Fear and Frustration in Iraq, Australian Institute of International Affairs, 20 December 2016.

Bob Bowker, 'Middle East diplomacy: Assad will have to be included', Lowy Interpreter, 8 December 2016.

Amin Saikal, 'Undoing Iran nuclear deal would destabilise Middle East', The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 November 2016.

Anas Iqtait, 'Retaking Raqqa: Facts on the ground', Lowy Interpreter, 16 November 2016.

Damian Doyle, 'The Politics of Post-Mosul Iraq', Australian Institute of International Affairs, 15 November 2016.

Victoria Guo, 'A glimpse of China-Turkey relations st the 11th G20 Summit', Uluslararas─▒ Politika Akademisi, 25 October 2016.

Amin Saikal, 'Syrian peace prospects shift with Russia's three-pronged approach to Middle East', The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 October 2016.

Ian Parmeter, 'Where the Russian intervention in Syria is headed', Lowy Interpreter, 31 August 2016.

Maria Syed, ‘The Kashmir cauldron’, Policy Forum, 30 August 2016.

Amin Saikal, A new and dangerous axis in the Middle East, The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 August 2016.

Dirk van der Kley, China shifts polluting cement to Tajikistan, China Dialogue, 8 August 2016

Murat M. Yurtbilir, 'A putsch, power-grab, and purge'Policy Forum, 2 August 2016.

Murat M. Yurtbilir, Sky News, 23 July 2016.

Amin Saikal, Turkey’s coup attempt: can President Erdogan bridge the national divide?, The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 July 2016.

Murat M. Yurtbilir, More questions asked as to whether the failed Turkish coup was staged, The New Daily, 20 July 2016.

Murat M. Yurtbilir, Was Turkey’s coup a stroke of genius or an amateurish move?,, 18 July 2016.

Amin Saikal, Turkey’s downward slide under Recep Tayyip Erdogan, The Age, 30 June 2016.




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