Iraq is in the middle of a long war with a revitalized insurgency. As the violence continues the ties that bind Iraq together are being strained. For example there is talk of forming a Sumer Republic in southern Iraq. The rhetoric on social media went from Iraqis against the Islamic State to Shiites against the militants and their supporters. Right after the fall of Mosul Kurdistan was talking about having a referendum on independence although that has died down since then. Itís not clear how much of this is simply more people having access to the Internet or whether there has been a real change in Iraqi opinion. To discuss this matter is an esteemed group of Iraq observers who have all contributed their ideas on whether the country will survive this on going crisis that includes:
Ahmed Ali is senior research analyst and Iraq Team lead at the Institute for the Study of War
Dr. Liam Anderson is a political science professor at Wright State University
Dr. Amatzia Baram is professor emeritus at the Department of the History of the Middle East and Director of the Center for Iraq Studies at the University of Haifa, Israel
Kamal Chomani is the co-founder of the Kurdish Policy Foundation and a journalist
Dr Eric Davis is professor of political science at Rutgers University
Steve Donnelly is a former member of the Salahaddin Provincial Reconstruction Team and served in the State Department
Dr Johan Franzen is a senior lecturer in Middle Eastern History at the University of East Anglia
Fanar Haddad is a research fellow at the Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore
Sarhang Hamasaeed is senior program officer for the Middle East and Africa at the United States Institute of Peace
Haider Hamoudi is an associate professor of law and associate dean of research and faculty development at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Faleh Jabar is the director of the Iraq Studies Institute, Beirut, Lebanon
Sajad Jiyad is a research fellow and associate member of the Iraqi Institute for Economic Reform
Dr. Abbas Kadhim is a senior policy fellow at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University
Ibrahim al-Marashi is an assistant professor of Middle East History at California State University San Marcos
Ramzy Mardini is a non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council
Dr. Harith Hasan al-Qarawee is a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Harvard University
Dr Babak Rahimi is associate professor of communication, culture and religion at the University of California San Diego
Colonel Joel Rayburn is an active duty army officer, a senior military fellow at the National Defense Universityís Institute for National Strategic Studies, and contributor to the Hoover Instituteís Working Group on Islamism and the International Order
Dr. Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute
Dr. Thabit Abdullah is associate professor of History at York University
Christine van den Toorn is the director of the Institute of Regional and International Studies at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani
Reidar Visser is an independent Iraq researcher who writes the blog Iraq and Gulf Analysis
Judith Yaphe is visiting professor of International Affairs, Institute for Middle East Studies, Elliott Schoo, George Washington University
Akiko Yoshioka is a senior researcher at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan