Ali Mamouri

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir delivers his speech during the 53rd Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Feb. 19, 2017. (photo by REUTERS/Michaela Rehle)

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Saudis make surprise trip to Iraq: Why now?

Wednesday, Mar. 1, 2017 | Ali Mamouri, Columnist

Saudi Arabia is making overtures to Iraq as Iran's influence expands in the region.

Shiite political differences widen gap between Najaf, Qom

Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 | Ali Mamouri, Columnist

The political differences between Qom and Najaf clerics indicate a sharp conflict between the two schools after Ali al-Sistani, whose death will create a broad vacuum in the Shiite scene.

Will Iraq succeed in bringing Iran, Saudi Arabia closer?

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 | Ali Mamouri, Columnist

Iraq has been stepping up its mediation efforts to achieve a Saudi-Iranian reconciliation amid a conducive political and economic environment.

Abadi enlists neighbors to support unified Iraq

Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 | Ali Mamouri, Columnist

Iraq is shoring up political and economic relations with neighboring states to prepare for rebuilding after the defeat of the Islamic State.

Iraqi Kurdistan oil a slippery issue

Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 | Ali Mamouri, Columnist

Ownership of Iraqi Kurdistan oil is a major source of friction between Baghdad and Erbil, while Turkey and Iran compete for lucrative oil transport contracts.

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Ali Mamouri is Al-Monitor's Iraq Pulse Editor and a researcher and writer who specializes in religion. He is a former teacher in Iranian universities and seminaries in Iran and Iraq. He has published several articles related to religious affairs in the two countries and societal transformations and sectarianism in the Middle East.

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