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April 29, 2003

Iraq
Phebe Marr: “Iraq Is Not the Balkans”

Phebe Marr, the author of The Modern History of Iraq, says that the animosities that led to the breakup of the former Yugoslavia don’t have a parallel in Iraq. She also warns that it may ta…

June 15, 2006

Democratization
Marr: Sectarian Violence Has Iraq ’Teetering on the Brink’

Phebe Marr, a prominent historian of modern Iraq, has just returned from Baghdad, and finds the situation there has deteriorated. She says the sectarian rift is the top problem facing the new governm…

June 15, 2005

Iraq
Iraq Expert Marr: ’Long, Slow, Struggle’ Ahead in Iraq

Phebe Marr, the author of The Modern History of Iraq, has just returned from a trip to Basra and Baghdad, where she was struck by the “genuine and very lively political process” taking place in prepa…

December 4, 2012

Japan
Matthew Marr: Two Improbable Locales for Japanese Optimism

This blog post is part of a series entitled Is Japan in Decline?, in which leading experts analyze Japan’s economy, politics, and society and give their assessment of Japan’s future. Two decades of …

Buildings are silhouetted against the setting sun in front of Mount Fuji in Tokyo

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Sunnis

This publication is now archived. What role will Sunnis play in the new Iraq?Sunni Arabs make up some 15 percent to 20 percent of Iraq’s population, but they dominated the country’s government and ec…

December 1, 2006

Iraq
The Implications of ‘Civil War’ in Iraq

It is unclear if classifying the conflict in Iraq as a civil war will have serious ramifications for U.S. military strategy there or, for that matter, U.S. domestic politics.

February 3, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Democracy’s Prospects in Iraq

This publication is now archived. What are the prospects for democratic transformationMany experts say Iraq will have some form of elected government within 18 months. That relatively quick timetable…

March 30, 2006

Iraq
U.S. Intervention in Iraqi Politics

Washington’s opposition to the Shiites’ nomination for prime minister highlights the growing strain in U.S.-Shiite relations in Iraq. The reaction of some Shiite leaders suggests U.S. influence in Ir…

May 25, 2006

Iraq
Beyond Security: Challenges for Iraq’s New Government

Iraq’s first permanent government faces a host of challenges in the months ahead, from fighting corruption to supplying water and electricity to amending Iraq’s constitution.

April 25, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Ibrahim Jaafari

This publication is now archived. What kind of prime minister will Ibrahim Jaafari make?Jaafari, 58, is a conservative, religious Shiite. For nearly 40 years, he has been active in the Islamic Dawa P…