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Kirk Sowell

Kirk H Sowell is the principal of Utica Risk Services, a Middle East-focused political-risk firm. He is a specialist in Arabic-language research, and aside from consultancy work he regularly publishes on topics related to politics, political economy and Islamist movements in the region.

Iraqi Prime Minister Seizes on Militia Scandal to Seal the End of Campaigning By Kirk H Sowell - May 10, 2018

Bad news often can profit someone, and in Iraq that someone might be the incumbent prime minister. With the May 12 parliamentary election looming, Haider Al Abadi has latched on to a scandal that may tar his main opponent, Badr Organization leader Hadi Al Ameri, who also heads the Fatah Coalition that is made up … Continue reading “Iraqi Prime Minister Seizes on Militia Scandal to Seal the End of Campaigning”

Plummeting Popularity Shows Perils of Jordan’s Austerity Drive By Kirk H Sowell - May 7, 2018

Fiscal austerity is a thankless task, even when the patient’s short-term pain is essential to prevent long-term problems. Jordan provides a cautionary tale, with a new poll showing that the government of Prime Minister Hani Al Mulqi, in office for the last year and a half, has reached record levels of unpopularity following a 2018 … Continue reading “Plummeting Popularity Shows Perils of Jordan’s Austerity Drive”