A Stillborn Initiative

October 31, 2010

The Saudi king’s invitation to the Iraqi parties to hold talks in Riyadh after Hajj raises numerous questions and alarm bells for the Iraqi people about their future. It also serves as a reminder of the dangers and challenges that lie ahead for the new Iraq.On Saturday, 30 October 2010, as the various Iraqi...
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Kingmakers again!

October 7, 2010

The Kurds have once again found themselves the kingmakers of Iraq, but this time, the stakes are much higher. Iraq’s political paralysis has earned it the world record for the longest period of time in which a country has gone without forming a government after holding an election. Given that all of the other...
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A digital democracy is emerging

October 4, 2010

A pioneering conference in Erbil last week provided a much-needed look at Iraq’s technological future.It offered unprecedented discussion of how Iraq can use technology, information and e-governance to re-establish its strong economic, intellectual and political standing in the region.The two-day conference, organized by international media development agencies the Institute for War & Peace Reporting...
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Human Rights – Iraq’s first post withdrawal test

September 25, 2010

As fallout of America’s withdrawal from Iraq begins to take shape, it looks as if it will be some time before the “new Iraq” can truly stand on its own.One scathing example of Iraq’s political immaturity was brought to light last week by an Amnesty International report on the state of the country’s prison...
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US-Kurdish relations, short term venture or a long term partnership

September 8, 2010

The visit of US vice-president Joe Biden to Arbil was an important recognition of Iraqi Kurdistan and president Barzani and the role the region plays in Iraq’s political process.It was also seen as a reassurance that US relations with Kurdistan region are intact. But what type of relations exist today?Depending on the size and...
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Which one comes first, democracy or federalism?

September 2, 2010

As things stand today, all indications suggest that the revived Iraqi National Alliance, INA, will form the government under the leadership of current prime minister Nuri al-Maliki and will be joined by the Kurds.Iraqiya has declared that if this scenario occurs, they will denounce the process as illegal. Some Iraqiya leaders even suggested that...
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