When the American military presence in Iraq ended in December 2011, Washington and Baghdad claimed that Iraq was a stable, sustainable democracy. However, this appears questionable as Nuri al-Maliki, prime minister since 2006, has continued his quest to dominate the state and to use its power to break opposition to his rule,  leaving the country vulnerable to heightened sectarian tension and a new civil war.

When the American military presence in Iraq ended in December 2011, Washington and Baghdad claimed that Iraq was a stable, sustainable democracy. However, this appears questionable as Nuri al-Maliki, prime minister since 2006, has continued his quest to dominate the state and to use its power to break opposition to his rule. His systematic exclusion of key politicians from power underlines the failure of the 2010 elections to deliver representative government, and leaves the country vulnerable to heightened sectarian tension and a new civil war.

Online Access & Digital Download £10.00
Product variations
Online Access & Digital Download £10.00
Back to content list

Egypt's economic crisis challenges El-Sisi

Egypt's new president faces daunting challenges as he seeks to bring the country's economy back to health while attempting to restore political stability.

Libya: Muslim Brotherhood’s tenuous hold

Libya's Muslim Brotherhood fear that impending congressional elections could lead to a purge against them similar to that of Egypt. Without elections, Libya seems set for prolonged conflict.