July 25, 2012
Assad's Fall Is Maliki's Nightmare
Dov Zakheim, The National Interest
Maliki's regime has become increasingly repressive throughout the Arab Spring, which thus far has not upended the delicate balance of Shia, Kurds and Sunni Arabs that constitute Iraq's power centers. An Islamist Syria, however, or even a moderate Sunni government in Damascus, could reignite both the restive Iraqi Sunnis and the Kurds. Both groups resent Maliki's increasingly centralized, one-man rule.
TAGGED: Bashar al-Assad, Syria, Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq