The Struggle for Iraq’s Future

The Struggle for Iraq’s Future

How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy

Since the withdrawal of US occupying forces, international attention has shifted away from Iraq - but life for Iraqis has become no easier. Deadly bombings are still all too common, sectarian violence has soared and all-pervading corruption means that massive inflows of aid and oil income have made very little difference to crucial issues like security, healthcare and power availability. Now, Iraqi lawyer Zaid al-Ali sets out why and how the post-occupation Iraqi government has failed to achieve legitimacy or improve its citizens' lives. He argues that the ill-planned US intervention destroyed the Iraqi state, creating a black hole which corrupt and incompetent members of the elite have now made their own.


Latest News & Events

  • QUOTE: Civilians face fresh disaster if Iraqi forces push on north once Tikrit falls

    March 16, 2015

    THE GUARDIAN: “All life had basically ground to a complete halt even a few months ago,” said Zaid Al-Ali, author of The Struggle for Iraq’s Future, and a frequent visitor to Tikrit before it came under Isis control. “You couldn’t live there because the …

  • VIDEO: Tikrit offensive billed as a turning point

    March 12, 2015

    FRANCE 24:The battle to retake Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s hometown, is far from over but already optimists are hailing the rebirth of Iraq’s army in the fight against Islamic State militants. But when Republican meeting on Wednesday raised questions abou …

  • QUOTE: pro-government forces struggle to topple Isis in Tikrit

    March 6, 2015

    THE GUARDIAN: Others said the advance was likely to take longer. “There was initial optimism in lots of circles that Tikrit would be liberated within a few days, but that was very unrealistic,” said Zaid al-Ali, author of The Struggle for Iraq’s Future …

  • REVIEW: The Struggle for Iraq’s Future

    February 11, 2015

    MILITARY REVIEW: “Al-Ali pulls no punches when describing the incompetence and ignorance of the U.S. government, military, contractors, and businessmen who did much to create an environment in which the violent extremists and the incompetence and corru …

  • PODCAST: What went wrong with the Arab Spring?

    January 28, 2015

    THE FINANCIAL TIMES: Zaid al-Ali, expert in the rule of law and constitutional affairs in the Arab world, talks to Borzou Daragahi, FT Middle East correspondent, about what went wrong with the pro-democracy revolutions of the Arab Spring four years ago …

  • REVIEW: The best Middle East political science books of 2014

    December 29, 2014

    THE WASHINGTON POST: This furious, analytically acute book traces how and why Iraq failed to consolidate into a democratic state following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. Ali’s primary academic and professional focus is on the constitution, and he lay …