An American Strategy for Iraq Moving Forward
AUTHOR: Pollack, Kenneth M. and Alkadiri, Raad
PUBLISHER: Brookings Institution Press
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Iraq still hangs in the balance. The dramatic improvements in Iraqi securitybetween 2007 and 2009 have produced important, but incompletechanges in the nation's politics. These changes make it possible to imagineIraq slowly muddling upward, building gradually toward a better future.But we must be constantly on guard against the considerable potential forIraq to slip into all-out civil war. There are dozens of scenarios—from militarycoups, to official misconduct, to the assassination of one or two key leaders—that could spark such violence.
In Unfinished Business, a team of five experts from across the politicalspectrum analyze the situation in Iraq. They present a well-reasoned andfeasible path for U.S. policy toward Baghdad—one that would give priorityto preventing Iraq from slipping into civil war or becoming an aggressivestate but that would also lead to a clear American goal: a new, strong, andprosperous ally in the Middle East.
Ultimately, the United States must condition the continuation of theU.S.-Iraqi relationship on the willingness of Iraqi political leaders toguide their country in the direction of greater stability, inclusivity, andeffective governance.
PUBLICATION DATE: 2/1/2011
CATEGORY: Political Science