Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani will be visiting the White House on April 4 and meeting with President Barack Obama.
Government of Iraq
March 23, 2012- March 30, 2012. Baghdad Hosts Arab League Summit, Sunni Leaders Snub Maliki, Arab Leaders Back Annan Plan for Syria.
March 15, 2012-March 23, 2012. Barzani Disparages Maliki, Maliki Allies Criticize Barzani For Sheltering Hashemi, Iraqiyya Loses Confidence in National Conference.
March 9, 2012-March 15, 2012. Maliki Visits Kuwait, Emir to Attend Arab Summit, McGurk Likely Choice for Next U.S. Ambassador, Kurds Refuse to Hand Over Hashemi.
March 2-8, 2012. Diyala Appoints New Governor, Kurds Continue to Host Hashemi Despite Pressure, Talabani to Head Arab League Summit.
February 10-17, 2012. Investigation Escalates Hashemi Case, Blocs Debate Agenda for National Conference, Maliki’s Charm Offensive in Basra.
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.
February 3-10, 2012. Iraqiyya Ends Boycott of Council of Ministers, National Conference Picks Up Momentum, Judiciary Issues Warrants for Parliamentarians.
United States policy today is focused on maintaining the status quo in Iraq, offering unqualified support for Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki in the name of stability. But the status quo is inherently unstable.