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.
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.
This monograph provides a framework for understanding operational art in counterinsurgency campaigns. In addition to the framework, the monograph describes how one set of strategic civil-military leaders achieved sufficient alignment in order to produce unity of effort and coherency of action throughout the civil-military organization.
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.
ISW Fellow and former Army officer, James Danly, gives a strategic assessment of Iraq on Capitol Hill.
ISW President Kimberly Kagan and Research Director Marisa Cochrane Sullivan,discuss the recent Iraqi Elections with Voice of America's Meredith Buel.
Regional experts offered their analysis on the electoral process, validity of the pending results, likelihood of peaceful government formation and the fate of Iraq’s leading political figures.
This backgrounder provides an update on the political landscape in Iraq, the electoral process, and post-election government formation.