Iraq: Government of National-Disunity

Baghdad’s Bad JuJu
January 28, 2011

In what may be an inevitability in the power vacuum following the toppling of a tyrant, Iraq has split along religious and ethnic lines. In order to strengthen his position in the coalition government Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is courting a dangerous bed fellow in Moktada al-Sadr. In light of al-Sadr’s close ties to Iran and the Sadrist’s ambitions, ceding power over the south to them will create a destabilizing faction.

The Brookings’ Institutes Kenneth Pollack explores this in his article in The National Interest.

Kenneth M. Pollack, Director, Saban Center for Middle East Policy

The National Interest

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