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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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  • The EU?s ?slow food? enlargement

    Daniel Korski - 14 April, 2010

    The EU enlargement debate used to be about expanding freedoms and preventing conflict. But a lot of Europeans now think that whatever lies outside the EU?s borders can stay there.

    Sudan, 2011

    Richard Gowan - 13 April, 2010

    In January 2011 the people of South Sudan will vote on whether to secede from the North. Violence is expected to follow. The EU must start preparing now for an intervention in Sudan if it is to have any chance of being ready to help.

    A new START, but that doesn't mean it's NOFUN

    Nick Witney - 12 April, 2010

    Obama's moves over nuclear weapons need putting in context. The US no longer needs them to equalise the USSR's conventional forces, but others might need nuclear weapons to equalise the US military

    Sudan: the EU?s election problem

    Richard Gowan - 9 April, 2010

    The EU has had to withdraw its election observers from Darfur before the upcoming Sudanese election. No surprise there: Darfur remains a dangerous place. But what why did the EU get involved in this controversial poll in the first place?


    José Ignacio Torreblanca - 7 April, 2010

    Sorry, but protestants do not perform better than catholics and EU laws do not represent 80% of national legislation. It's time to have another look at some deep-rooted prejudices.

    The price of principle

    Susi Dennison - 6 April, 2010

    Attention turns once again to Sri Lanka this week as the country gears up for its parliamentary elections. The EU recently decided to stop treating Sri Lanka as a preferential trading partner. What does this mean for Sri Lanka, and does it affect the EU?s clout in standing up…

    What kind of interpolar world?

    Daniel Korski - 30 March, 2010

    Two stories about the Middle East ? Israel?s latest settlement plans and Iran?s nuclear programme ? shed more light on the world?s power structure than the pages of a thousand history books.

    Trench warfare

    José Ignacio Torreblanca - 29 March, 2010

    Snubbing the European Union never came so easy or at such a cheap price.

    The EAS and Europe's place in the world

    Mark Leonard - 26 March, 2010

    Building the EAS is not simply about backroom Brussels politics and bureaucratic infighting. It is about giving Europe the means to punch its weight in a changing world

    Copenhagen, and why Beijing should not over-play its hand

    François Godement - 25 March, 2010

    The Copenhagen Climate Conference showed the world that China was willing to use its power aggresively. But although it walked away without having given an inch, Beijing should worry about over-playing a strong hand

    Ignoring the outside world

    Richard Gowan - 24 March, 2010

    Does it really matter whether Catherine Ashton's travel plans include Haiti, Gaza or an erupting Icelandic volcano? There must be more insightful analysis, and less idle gossip, in press coverage of EU attempts to forge a common foreign policy