Unfinished business : an American strategy for Iraq moving by Kenneth M Pollack; Brookings Institution. Saban Center for

By Kenneth M Pollack; Brookings Institution. Saban Center for Middle East Policy.; et al

''Outlines what the us should still do sooner than U.S. troops have exited Iraq to make sure a potential political atmosphere, reinforced economic climate, and more suitable defense surroundings so Iraq can develop into a completely autonomous nation, confident point within the area, and companion to the U.S. and different international locations around the globe''--Provided via publisher.

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Relations with Iraq could shift significantly if Baghdad acts recklessly. This is a crucial aspect of how America’s ongoing involvement with Iraq must be conditional on the Iraqi leadership keeping up its end of the bargain. S. -Iraqi partnership and the resources it is willing to invest in it. The Sources of Potential Political Collapse Despite the significant progress of the past seven years, and particularly since the surge in 2007, Iraq nevertheless is still a fragile state. indb 40 1/6/11 5:51 PM politicsâ•…â•… 41 Governance remains weak and in many cases personalized, primarily as a result of a lack of effective institution building since the fall of Saddam Husayn’s regime in 2003.

In some cases, there are many possible ways to address a problem in the Constitution that would all be consistent with democratic principles and the unique circumstances of Iraq. In other cases, there may be only one or two ways to deal with a flaw in the Constitution that would not create other problems. What matters for the United States is that the Iraqis make the changes necessary, in a way that is consistent with the Constitution’s own terms, so that the Iraqi Constitution is able to serve as an adequate foundation for a stable Iraqi state.

As discussed later in this report, there are critical issues in Iraq’s Constitution that are incompletely or inadequately addressed. A key conclusion is that the United States should prioritize efforts to work with Iraqis (and the UN) to develop a program to address a number of key sources of dysfunctionality in the Iraqi political system stemming from deficiencies in the Constitution. Iraq’s political system must be effective. indb 23 1/6/11 5:51 PM 24â•…â•… goals and influence economy to function, ensuring the provision of basic services to the Iraqi people, ensuring the rule of law, and protecting the citizenry from threats foreign and domestic.

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