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To Stop ISIS, Iraq's Maliki Must Choose Between an Inclusive Alliance and Full-Scale Civil War

Daniel Nisman | Posted 08.10.2014 | World
Daniel Nisman

Maliki clearly has no shortage of willing partners to fight ISIS as they advance on the Iraqi capital from the north and west. But whether or not Maliki will muster the political will to organize such a coalition is another story.

Ahead Of Elections, Iraq's Prime Minister Faces Criticism From All Sides

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 04.30.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — If Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki wins a third four-year term in parliamentary elections Wednesday, he is likely to rely on a n...

Iran's Long Leash

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.27.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Although all of Syria's neighbors have been negatively impacted by the country's crisis, Iraq's sectarian tensions and the religious, historical and cultural bonds between Syrians and Iraqis connect the two states' political fates.

Iraqi PM Shows Authoritarian Streak, Warns Of 'Rivers Of Blood'

AP | By HAMZA HENDAWI and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 12.28.2011 | World

BAGHDAD -- In the week since the last American troops left Iraq, Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered an arrest warrant for the country's hig...

War Is Over. What Next?

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

To mark the milestone of the last American troops to leave Iraq, I'd like to take a wider view and look at the entire region, post-Saddam and post-Arab Spring.

Mutual Interests for Baghdad and Washington

Raghida Dergham | Posted 02.15.2012 | World
Raghida Dergham

President Barack Obama has taken his containment policy through partnership to a new level this week by crowning Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki as a strategic player in the Arab-Iranian-Turkish equation.

Republicans Disrespect Iraqi Democracy

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Every current Republican gripe on the Iraq withdrawal boils down to a monumental refusal to face the reality of a full-fledged Iraqi democracy.

Will the U.S. Troop Withdrawal Leave the Door Wide Open for Iran?

Alireza Jafarzadeh | Posted 12.25.2011 | World
Alireza Jafarzadeh

On October 23, Ahmadinejad laid out Tehran's strategy to CNN. Clearly, Iran intends to take on the U.S.'s former role in Iraq.

Reviewing America's Wars [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.20.2011 | World
Chris Weigant

Since the mainstream media has abdicated all responsibility for reporting the news, I thought today would be a good day to review the current status of America's wars.

Tehran's Dilemma in Trying to Have It Both Ways

Alireza Jafarzadeh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alireza Jafarzadeh

To no one's surprise, the regime ruling Iran is watching the unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, searching for a way to exploit the outcomes to its advantage.

Maliki To Retain Power As Iraqi Leaders Reach New Government Deal

AP | REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will return to power for another four-year term after Iraqi lawmakers working late into the night Wedne...

Obama's Iraq Withdrawal Timeline

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I have wondered why the White House hasn't been making some political hay over the success of the withdrawal timetable in Iraq. But I now see they wanted to roll this news out when people were actually paying attention.

Exceptional Democracy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If America is truly supposed to be exceptional in all things, why do other countries -- almost without exception -- decide our governmental structure isn't really for them, when it comes time to choose?

Tehran's Strategic Defeat in Iraq

Alireza Jafarzadeh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alireza Jafarzadeh

The triumph of the cross-sectarian and nationalist Iraqiya list, headed by former PM Ayad Allawi, represents a major threat to the ambitious agenda of the regime in neighboring Iran.

Security is the dominant issue for displaced Iraqis

Charity Tooze | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charity Tooze

Iraq continues to convulse from its transition from despotic dictatorship to democracy. Tomorrow marks Iraq's second election since the US lead invas...

The Forgotten War

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

No so very long ago, Afghanistan was known as "the forgotten war." But these days, Afghanistan is hard to miss in the headlines. Obama needs to begin talking about our newly-forgotten war: Iraq.

Obama Maliki Meeting: Iraqi PM To Seek US Investments

AP | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Bombs killed at least 18 people and wounded dozens in Iraq on Tuesday in a sign that insurgents, though weakened, remain intent on des...

An Interview with Iraq MP Mohammed al-Dayni After His Arrest and Escape

Dal LaMagna | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dal LaMagna

I had the opportunity to interview a member of the Iraqi Parliament helping to negotiate a cease fire with Iraqi insurgents who is now charged by his government of traitorous crimes.

The Beginning of the End of the Iraq War?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Weigant

If our soldiers are out of Iraqi cities, and the Iraqi security forces start shouldering more and more responsibility as a result, do we really need all 130,000 troops sitting in their bases?

Iraqi Officials Start Referring To Maliki As "Master," Reminding Some Of Saddam Era

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Iraq's civilian leaders held a meeting on Thursday with the 300 top Iraqi military commanders from around the country to discuss the withdrawal of Ame...

Obama Flip-Flopped On Detainee Photos Because Iraqi President Feared Violence

McClatchy | Nancy A. Youssef | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama reversed his decision to release detainee abuse photos from Iraq and Afghanistan after Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al...

Iraq Anti-Corruption Watchdog Arrests 1,000 'Corrupt' Officials

BBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Iraq's anti-corruption watchdog says arrest warrants have been issued for some 1,000 allegedly corrupt officials....

First Milestone Approaches In Iraq Withdrawal Timetable

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Weigant

America pulling combat forces out of Iraqi cities is going to have multiple effects within the country. At this point, nobody can accurately predict what those effects are going to be with 100 percent reliability.

My 2008 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 2]

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
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Chris Weigant

Love her or hate her, you have to admit that John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin for the Republican ticket this year was without any doubt the boldest political tactic of the year.

My 2008 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome to our annual awards! For the past three years, this column has paid homage (translation: "ripped off their gimmick") to the McLaughlin Group...