October 29, 2009
Iraq: Security and the Challenges of Lasting "Victory"
The Changing Challenge to Iraqi Security
There is no victory in Iraq as yet. The bombings on August 19th and October 25th are parts of a pattern that give us a grim warning that Iraq still faces major challenges at virtually every level. The problem is not just security and the continuing struggle against extremists and insurgent elements. It is a struggle for political accommodation that can bring lasting stability to Sunni and Shi'ite relations, and to relations between Arab, Kurd, and other minorities.
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It is a struggle for effective governance, economic security and development, and to create something approaching a rule of law. It is also a struggle to find a workable approach to revitalizing Iraq's petroleum sector, which is...
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