Stephen Wicken is a Research Analyst at ISW, where he focuses on politics, security, governance and reconstruction in Iraq. He has conducted extensive research on postwar reconstruction, transitional justice, and the laws and customs of war, and has previously published work on issues of identity and human rights in the Middle East. Wicken, from Canterbury, England, holds degrees in Politics from the University of Cambridge, International Relations from Yale University, and History from Brown University, where he conducted doctoral work.
The unilateral moves taken by Maliki’s Shi’a-dominated government against the public faces of Iraq’s Sunni community were unprecedented, sparking a new political crisis that has put the country’s long-term unity and stability at risk. Given the number of red-lines crossed by the government, Iraq has entered a new era of post-Saddam politics.
As US forces in Iraq transition from a combat role to an overwatch role, Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) will take on an increasingly important role in the provision of security for the Iraqi people.