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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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  • Old partners, new challenges

    ECFR Madrid office - 20 May, 2010

    What's the verdict on the EU-Latin American summit, held in Spain earlier this week? For one thing: Latin American matters to Europe. And trade seems to have been a winner too.

    Do an Obama

    José Ignacio Torreblanca - 18 May, 2010

    The present type of EU summit with international actors ought to change, otherwise we will be perpetuating a type of encounter that is closer to circus than to diplomacy, and where it is hard to tell who are the lions and who are the tamers.

    Hedgehog Europe?

    Nick Witney - 17 May, 2010

    What is defence really for and what should Europe do after defence budgets have been ravaged by the economic crisis? In the second of a two part series of podcasts, Daniel Korski talks to Nick Witney about how European security will have to be rethought from the ground up after…

    EU policy makers need a political reality check

    Thomas Klau - 14 May, 2010

    The European Commission?s budget monitoring proposals are sensible, but to succeed they must be firmly rooted in the democratic procedures of member states.

    What is a Cleggservative foreign policy?

    Daniel Korski - 12 May, 2010

    Forget reputations. Britain's new coalition government of the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats will temper its foreign policy approach with a healthy dose of pragmatism.

    A blow to European exceptionalism

    Richard Gowan - 11 May, 2010

    The Euro crisis shows again that the EU needs international institutions like the IMF. This is giving observers from the developing world grim satisfaction that Europe is not as exceptional as it might like to think.

    Europe without Europeans

    José Ignacio Torreblanca - 11 May, 2010

    Of all the problems facing Europe, one seems very difficult to solve: demographic forecasts, added to political ones, point to a Europe without Europeans.

    The Polish-Russian rapprochement gathers steam

    Andrew Wilson - 8 May, 2010

    The tragic plane crash in Smolensk has brought Russia and Poland closer together. Emotions aside, what do they both want to gain from the rapprochement?

    Wollen wir unseren alten Kaiser wiederhaben?

    Thomas Klau - 7 May, 2010

    Deutsche Sehns?chte nach normalisiertem Umgang mit dem eigenem Nationalgef?hl sind t?richt und gef?hrlich.

    Holes in the cheese

    José Ignacio Torreblanca - 4 May, 2010

    Nuclear crises require a lot of unlikely events to occur at once, like all the holes in slices of Gruy?re cheese lining up. But as the nuclear ambitions of the Iranian president remind us, that is not a reason to ignore the perils of atomic weapons.

    What are the Ukrainians playing at?

    Andrew Wilson - 30 April, 2010

    Eggs, smoke bombs and the Black Sea Fleet. Ukraine is back to playing the game it knows best: the balancing act between East and West.

    World War II finally ends

    Ivan Krastev - 30 April, 2010

    The tragedy of the Polish air crash has formed a new bond between Poland and Russia. But will they be able to do in the east what France and Germany have done in the west?