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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Transparency and Surpluses in Iraq's Oil-Dependent Budget

Joseph A. Christoff interviewed by Greg Bruno

An official at the U.S. Government Accountability Office says Iraq will retain a healthy budget surplus in spite of falling oil prices. He also notes that auditors' access to Iraq's finances could be curtailed sharply after the end of this year.

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