The political participation of the Sunni Arab minority in Iraq is critical to the security and stability of the state. At present, they are functionally excluded from government. Without effective political representation, the Sunni in Iraq are left with few alternatives to address their grievances against the Maliki government.
Iraq National List (Allawi)
On April 20th, Iraq will hold its third provincial elections since 2005. There are 447 open seats nationwide, and competition for them is fierce. Previous elections illustrate that winning provincial seats can reverberate on the national level.
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.
Will the Iraqi government be prepared to take over?
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.
This Fact Sheet offers updates on government formation and security issues in Iraq.
This fact sheet contains updates on the ongoing government formation in Iraq as of June 11, 2010.
Iraq's Ambassador to the U.S. and regional experts from Brookings and ISW offered their analysis on the challenges facing government formation and the consequences of recent political developments.
Kimberly Kagan and Fredrick Kagan write about turmoil of governemnt formation following the Iraqi elections and what the U.S. should do in response.
This backgrounder provides the names of potentially disqualified seat winners and the consequences if the move is upheld.