Articles by Erin Banco

Erin is an international affairs writer for the International Business Times, specializing in all things Middle East. She came to IBT after having worked as a freelancer overseas. She received her bachelor's degree in Arabic and journalism from The University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011 and her master's from Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs where she concentrated in human rights and international media.

Originally from Boston, Erin moved to Cairo, Egypt where she reported from countries such as Turkey, Jordan, Syria and Israel. After that, she moved back home to attend graduate school and spend time with family. She currently lives in Istanbul and is an avid yogi and runner. She tries to make it back to the ice rink from time to time (she spent 14 years as a competitive figure skater).


Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

Iraq’s Government On Shaky Ground

Prime Minister Hader al-Abadi is trying to reshuffle his Cabinet amid a divided Parliament — and the chaos is not helping the fight against ISIS.

Energy Sector Is The Prize In Iraqi Intrigue

Will a recent Cabinet reshuffle — as the military is still battling for territory taken by ISIS — improve the chaotic nature of the country’s contested oil and gas sectors?
Refugees in Mytelene, Greece, March 12, 2016

Syrian Refugees Get More Bad News

Processing resettlement and asylum requests may take months, or even years, under the new agreement between Turkey and the EU, human rights groups say.
John Kerry

Why It’s Difficult To Prosecute ISIS

While Secretary of State John Kerry's declaration that ISIS committed genocide is significant, it will be hard to hold members of the terrorist group accountable.
Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi, March 9, 2016

How Long Before Mosul Is Liberated?

A leaflet drop by a U.S.-led coalition was aimed at lifting morale among civilians in a city controlled by ISIS. But a military operation may still be months away.