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About Joost R Hiltermann

Joost R Hiltermann is deputy middle-east programme director at the International Crisis Group, based in Istanbul.

Articles by Joost R Hiltermann

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Iraq’s elections: winners, losers, and what’s next

The lessons of a peaceful Iraqi election are more complex than early readings suggest. The reverberations will be felt in Kurdish and Shi'a politics in particular, says Joost R Hiltermann. 

Iraq, Iran and the United States: problems and prospects

A major political initiative is required to build the long-term foundations for stability in Iraq. But with the potential for violent confrontation ever-present, and the three countries involved facing elections in 2008-09, this outcome is far from certain. Joost R Hiltermann reports.

Halabja: the politics of memory

The Saddam-era poison-gas attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja on 16 March 1988 has from the start been surrounded by distortion and denial. Only truth can deliver justice for the victims, says Joost R Hiltermann.
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