This backgrounder provides an assessment of the shifting political environment in Iraq as elections draw near.
Provincial and Central Government
Kimberly Kagan talked about her book "The Surge: A Military History" (Encounter Books; October 25, 2008). The book is a history of "the surge" in Iraq which began in mid-2007...
ISW contributor James Fussell speaks about US forces moving out of Kunar and Nuristan provinces on NPR's Morning Edition. Mr. Fussell recently co-authored an ISW report on Eastern Afghanistan.
The relationship between the provincial governments and the central government in Iraq is complex; the issues involved relate to the core insecurities of each of the major political factions in Iraq.
Operation Promises of Peace was an Iraqi offensive in Maysan province against the Jaysh al-Mahdi (JAM).
On April 14, 2009, the Iraqi Council of Representatives will begin a new legislative session.
The parliament has learned how to use the power of the purse.
The latest information and regular updates on Iraq's Provincial Elections taking place on January 31, 2009.
Highlights from a Capitol Hill briefing lunch hosted by ISW on February 12, 2009