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.
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.
Dr. Kimberly Kagan and Dr. Fredrick Kagan, Wall Street Journal, February 17, 2010
This backgrounder provides an update on the political developments in Iraq in advance of the March 7, 2010 parliamentary election.
This backgrounder provides an assessment of the shifting political environment in Iraq as elections draw near.