Kirk H. Sowell

Kirk H. Sowell is the principal of Utica Risk Services, a Middle East-focused political risk firm.

FromKirk H. Sowell

  • Will a Biden Administration "Build Back Better" in the Middle East?
    November 10, 2020 عربي
    Will a Biden Administration “Build Back Better” in the Middle East?

    Sada asked experts to analyze potential flash points for the next U.S. administration—ranging from the globalization of Libya’s war to the ongoing conflicts in Syria and Yemen, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and increasing authoritarianism and violations of civil liberties and human rights.

  • Iraq’s Dire Fiscal Crisis
    November 2, 2020 عربي
    Iraq’s Dire Fiscal Crisis

    Iraq’s Prime Minister inherited a series of fiscal crises. As his interim government struggles to advert a complete economic collapse, austerity measures may come at the expense of much-needed reforms.

  • Looming Challenges for Iraq’s New Government
    April 2, 2020 عربي
    Looming Challenges for Iraq’s New Government

    Iraq’s new Prime Minister-designate Adnan al-Zurfi faces opposition amid a political, fiscal, and, now, global pandemic crisis.

  • April 4, 2019 عربي
    The Stalled Effort to Expel U.S. Troops From Iraq

    A push to pass a bill expelling U.S. troops from Iraq, a constitutionally questionable move, has presented an unnecessary headache for Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi.

  • February 7, 2019 عربي
    Partisan Bickering Over Iraq’s Cabinet

    Without a functional coalition, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Adbul-Mahdi may be forced to rely more on unilateral executive decrees, exacerbating the country’s institutional crisis.

  • November 8, 2018 عربي
    A Fractured Iraqi Cabinet

    Although Iraq’s political blocs have agreed on a new prime minister, the lack of a coherent coalition shows the incoming government’s inherent weakness.

  • June 19, 2018 عربي
    Razzaz’s Rough Road

    Like Hani al-Mulki, Omar al-Razzaz comes into office with a mandate to address economic issues that are beyond the Jordanian government’s ability to resolve.

  • May 17, 2018 عربي
    Understanding Sadr’s Victory

    Amid low turnout in Iraq’s elections, the Sadrists’ active voter base helped them win Baghdad.

  • April 18, 2018 عربي
    Abadi’s Struggle to Maintain Campaign Narratives

    Losing control of his campaign narratives, Iraq’s incumbent prime minister is facing questions about his credentials on nationalism, security, and public services.

  • March 22, 2018 عربي
    Slowing Jordan’s Slide Into Debt

    Jordan has managed to reduce budgetary deficits for 2018, but rising operational costs and stagnant sources of revenue will keep it reliant on foreign aid.


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