Iraq

First Take

What Sadr's Return Means for Iraq

Author: Mohamad Bazzi

Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's return to Iraq after self-imposed exile in Iran bolsters voices that want all U.S. troops out by the end of 2011 and marks the transition of his group from a militia to a powerful political force, says CFR's Mohamad Bazzi.

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Interview

Promise, Peril for Iraq's New Government

Joost Hiltermann interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Iraq's coalition government is a promising resolution to nine months of political wrangling after national elections, says expert Joost Hiltermann, but questions loom about how effective the power-sharing agreement will be.

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Interview

A Tenuous Deal in Iraq

Charles W. Dunne interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Despite a walkout by political leader Ayad Allawi, the Iraq power-sharing deal can hold if Prime Minister Maliki keeps his word and if the formation of a new government stir up frictions among rival blocs, says Iraq expert Charles W. Dunne.

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Interview

Iraq's Impasse and 'Confusing' Politics

Joost Hiltermann interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Despite reports of an emerging breakthrough, Iraq's political deadlock remains unresolved and seemingly far from the compromises necessary to clear the way for a governing coalition, says expert Joost R. Hiltermann.

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