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.

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  • VIDEO: Can Iraq Unite?

    September 10, 2014

    Will the naming of Iraq’s new government mark a turning point in the fight against the Islamic state group? Parliament has approved the government of new Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. Shiite-dominated, but with Sunnis and Kurds in his cabinet, Abadi …

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  • REVIEW: Iraq: The Outlaw State

    September 5, 2014

    “Zaid al-Ali’s [book is a] well-researched study of how Iraq has gotten into its current, worsening, and possibly terminal mess. The Struggle for Iraq’s Future is not a pretty story. Indeed it seems to be populated entirely by villains, from Saddam Hus …

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  • QUOTE: Response to Attack Reflects Iraq’s Sectarian Divide

    August 24, 2014

    THE NEW YORK TIMES: Zaid al-Ali, a former legal adviser to the United Nations in Iraq and the author of a book on Iraq’s future, said the American insistence on inclusive politics was misguided. Iraq’s recent governments have included representatives f …

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  • BOOK REVIEW: The Struggle for Iraq’s Future

    August 11, 2014

    LSE REVIEW OF BOOKS: In this book Zaid al-Ali sets out why and how the post-occupation Iraqi government has failed to achieve legitimacy or improve its citizens’ lives, covering how corruption has prevented aid and oil income making a difference to sec …

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  • QUOTE: Haidar al-Abadi seen as steady, if uninspiring, leader for Iraq

    August 11, 2014

    THE FINANCIAL TIMES: “Haidar has been in parliament for many years now, where he has established positive relations with almost everyone, which bodes well for his ability to form a government,” said Zaid al-Ali, a former UN adviser to Iraq and author o …

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  • ARTICLE: Iraq’s Rot Starts at the Top

    August 11, 2014

    THE NEW YORK TIMES: IRAQ’S situation is desperate. What makes it worse is that its political class, and many American officials, continue to push a cure that would be worse than the disease: a breakup of Iraq along sectarian lines. If the past 11 years …

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