The Obama administration had three years to push Iraqis toward genuine national reconciliation, the most critical component in securing a stable Iraq over the long term. The White House failed to leave behind a representative government that respects the concept of power-sharing and the rule of law under the Iraqi Constitution. Instead, the central government headed by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is riddled with sectarian and authoritarian elements that were bound to capitalize and expand after the departure of U.S. forces from Iraq.
Government of Iraq
Upon taking office in 2009, President Obama inherited a winning hand in Iraq—and yet his administration has played it like a losing one.
Will the Iraqi government be prepared to take over?
On Thursday, June 23, 2011 ISW Deputy Director Marisa Cochrane Sullivan testified before the Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East & South Asia regarding the future of Iraq.
Relations have reached new lows in Iraq as tensions escalated between Prime Minister Maliki’s State of Law coalition & former Prime Minister Allawi’s Iraqiyya bloc.
The Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) requires the U.S. military to completely withdraw from Iraq no later than December 31, 211. Yet, Iraq is failing to maintain internal security.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates was in Baghdad last week on what was probably his last official trip to the country he helped save from devastating sectarian war.
On March 28 more than 3 months after the government seating, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki submitted the names of the nominees for Ministers of Defense & Interior to the parliament for approval.