Iraq

Backgrounder

Iraq's Political Landscape

Author: Greg Bruno

Iraq's provincial elections provide signals about the maturity of the country's political system, as well as highlight new power brokers in the provinces.

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Backgrounder

Finding a Place for the ‘Sons of Iraq’

Author: Greg Bruno

The Sunni awakening movement and the Sons of Iraq security forces it inspired helped restore peace. Iraq's long-term stability could hinge on keeping the movement satiated, experts say.

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Audio

Iraq: Assessing the Surge (Audio)

Speakers: Linda Robinson and Francis J. West
Presider: Deborah Susan Amos

Listen to Linda Robinson, author in residence at the Johns Hopkins University's Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies and Francis J. West, correspondent at the Atlantic Monthly Press, assess the political and strategic effects of the surge in Iraq.

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Video

Iraq: Assessing the Surge

Speakers: Linda Robinson and Francis J. West
Presider: Deborah Susan Amos

Watch Linda Robinson, author in residence at the Johns Hopkins University's Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies and Francis J. West, correspondent at the Atlantic Monthly Press, assess the political and strategic effects of the surge in Iraq.

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Op-Ed

A Framework for Success in Iraq

Author: Michael J. Gerson
Washington Post

Michael Gerson writes that "administration officials believe they have taken precautions that will encourage Iraqi nationalism over a destructive pan-Shiism."

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Primary Sources

Quarterly Report to Congress, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, October 2008

Author: Stuart W. Bowen

The October 2008 update of this Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) report states, "The theme of this Quarterly Report, "A Nascent Normalcy: The Evolution of U.S. Assistance to a Sovereign Iraq," reflects the recognition of a fundamental shift in the U.S. relief and reconstruction effort this year, which SIGIR dubbed in January "The Year of Transfer."

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Analysis Brief

After the Troops

Author: Greg Bruno

Barack Obama's wish to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq within sixteen months played well at the polls. But experts suggest his plans may prove hard to implement as Washington's influence in Iraq wanes.

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