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Sajad Jiyad is a visiting fellow with the Middle East and North Africa programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Jiyad is an Iraqi political analyst based in Baghdad. He is the former Managing Director of the Al-Bayan Center, an Iraqi policy institute. Sajad's main focus is on public policy and governance in Iraq and he also works on capacity building of public institutions and civil society organisations through conferences, workshops and training programs. Frequently published and cited in media as an expert commentator, Sajad is also partnered with a number of international organisations and think tanks to provide ground-level research on Iraq and solutions for development-related issues. Sajad’s educational background is in Economics and Politics, and Islamic Studies.


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  • All eyes on ?triple-hatted? Ashton

    Andrew Duff - 16 December, 2009

    Nobody ever said that running the EU was going to be easy. Ms Ashton's job is clearly complex and difficult.

    Battling strategic irrelevance

    Richard Gowan - 16 December, 2009

    European leaders should beware exiting Afghanistan. They have already staked their credibility there, and the balance of power in Asia is very uncertain.

    The role of think tanks in shaping EU policies

    Pavol Deme? - 16 December, 2009

    One can hardly imagine a more challenging policy making process than that of the EU. This is what makes the role of think tanks so important.

    Of euro-pessimism and failures

    Nicu Popescu - 15 December, 2009

    Should we be depressed or happy about the state of Europe? In truth, no one knows.

    The Superpower Sisters

    Daniel Korski - 14 December, 2009

    In a world where traditional bilateral diplomacy is rarely enough to solve global problems, the cooperation of Mrs Clinton and Lady Ashton could prove one of the most important diplomatic pairings.

    Europe?s road to a new Jerusalem

    Chris Patten - 14 December, 2009

    The EU?s new policy statement on Israel and Palestine is pretty good. Now Europe needs to use it ? and the money poured into Palestine ? as the basis for real change.

    Memo to President Ahmadinejad

    Daniel Korski - 11 December, 2009

    Iran looks set to defy President Obama?s offer of engagement and the international community ?- including the EU -? will have to decide how to react. But what is Tehran thinking?

    Toward a stronger European security architecture

    Igor Ivanov, Wolfgang Ischinger, and Sam Nunn - 9 December, 2009

    A new vision is needed to secure Europe, senior Russian, US and German political figures write.

    The EU and China: Talking past each other

    François Godement - 8 December, 2009

    Did anybody notice the recent EU-China summit that took place at the end of November in Nanjing? No? The summit only lasted an hour and forty-five minutes.

    Obama?s First Year

    Ivan Krastev & Vessela Tcherneva - 2 December, 2009

    When it comes to Russia, central Europeans are rightly concerned about Obama?s ?reset? policy, but for the wrong reasons.

    Strong enough for a 'reset' with Russia? Obama and Moscow

    Ivan Krastev - 1 December, 2009

    The success of President Obama's "reset" policy with Russia will depend not only on getting U.S. actions toward Moscow right but also on getting insight into the way the Kremlin views the United States and its new president.

    Strong enough for a 'reset' with Russia?

    Ivan Krastev - 1 December, 2009

    To persuade Russians to join him, Obama must first demonstrate that he does not need them.