Ali A. Allawi

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As the world watches Iraq’s seemingly endless cycle of violence with horror, it’s worth recalling that it wasn’t always like this. Iraqis weren’t always held hostage to megalomaniacal tyrants, strongmen or one-party rule. Nor were they led by the mostly venal and incompetent bunch that passes for our current political class.

Electoral democracy shorn of constructive leadership in an environment of degraded institutions and appalling ethical standards is a recipe for unaccountable government, unimaginable levels of corruption and the exacerbation of conflict and divisions.

Is it any wonder that the Iraqi army melted away when faced with the ISIS threat? Why would any soldier fight for a superior who pockets a portion of the soldier’s pay and diverts the unit’s rations for his private gain?…  Seguir leyendo »

La reciente elección parlamentaria de Irak, la primera desde que las tropas estadounidenses se retiraron del país en 2011, se llevó a cabo en medio de una creciente ola de violencia que rápidamente está alcanzando los niveles experimentados durante la insurgencia de 2005-2007. ¿El nuevo gobierno puede acaso restablecer el orden y abordar los muchos y enormes desafíos que enfrenta Irak?

Los desafíos son, por cierto, de proporciones gigantescas. Las autoridades deben resolver cuestiones constitucionales fundamentales (como si Irak debería ser un estado federal o una confederación), reconstruir la sociedad civil, reformar las instituciones del Estado, volver a poner la economía en forma y terminar con el derroche y la corrupción en el sector petrolero.…  Seguir leyendo »

The Iraq the United States left behind last month is dramatically different from the country it invaded in 2003. Gone are the comforting simplicities of the “war on terror” and democracy building. The geopolitical context that America has bequeathed to Iraq is now defined by five critical challenges.

First, Iraq is at the center of the American-Iranian confrontation; it is the only place where the American military has faced off directly against Iranian-backed militias.

Second, it stands in the middle of the conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia for regional supremacy. The Saudi royals oppose the current Iranian government but not necessarily the Iranian system itself; they might happily co-exist with a different Iranian leadership, as they did during the 1990s.…  Seguir leyendo »