USIP on the political situation in Iraq

July 27, 2010, 11:48 a.m.

Four months after a historic election, Iraq has yet to form a new government.   The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) has released a policy brief, which describes the current stalemate in Iraq and potential outcomes.

The emerging Iraq is starting to look like other parliamentary democracies, measuring itself with democratic yardsticks, with internal sectarian and ethnic frictions still strong but being worked out through politics, and with neighbors who won’t leave it alone. This is far from the Bush administration’s beacon of democracy, but it may be something the Obama administration will be able to call a foreign policy success come November 2012., provided the security situation holds.

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