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About Reidar Visser

Reidar Visser is a research fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. He holds a doctorate in middle-eastern studies from the University of Oxford.

Articles by Reidar Visser

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The United States and Iraq: still getting it wrong

The latest Pentagon analysis of political and security trends in Iraq is trapped in misunderstanding of even basic realities, says Reidar Visser.

Basra’s second battle decoded

The conflict in Basra is part of a wider political struggle over the future of Iraq, says Reidar Visser.

Washington's Iraqi 'surge': where are the Iraqis?

Iraqis themselves must be at the centre of any attempt to make President Bush's new strategy for their country a political success, says Reidar Visser.

Iraq lives

The voices of Iraqi patriotism in Basra are a rebuke to western advocates of the country’s fragmentation, says Reidar Visser.

Iraq's partition fantasy

The supporters of an Iraq divided into three ignore the lessons of Iraq's history, says Reidar Visser.
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