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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  • 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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  • ARTICLE: Who is to blame for Iraq’s problems?

    July 22, 2014

    THE WASHINGTON POST: The rise of the Islamic State, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and its recent military gains in Mosul and elsewhere in Iraq have refocused attention on the situation in the country as it faces the threat of dis …

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  • مقال: المالكي وحده يتحمّل مسؤولية الأزمة في العراق

    July 10, 2014

    بُعيد خلع الرئيس المصري حسني مبارك والرئيس التونسي زين العابدين بن علي بداية عام 2011، دعت أعداد كبيرة من الشباب العراقي إلى تظاهرات ضد الطبقة السياسية الفاسدة في العراق، فشعر نوري المالكي، وكان في مطلع ولايته الثانية رئيساً للوزراء على الرغم من عدم فو …

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  • QUOTE: Iraq’s minorities under fire

    July 9, 2014

    IRIN: Zaid Al-Ali, an Iraqi lawyer and the author of The Struggle for Iraq’s Future, said that although Christians were not part of Sunni versus Shia sectarianism, or necessarily targeted because of their religion, during the 2006-2007 surge in violenc …

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