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Iraqi Prime Minister Adel
Abdul Mahdi’s to-do list reads like Mission Impossible. Staff his cabinet with honest
officials; rebuild war-torn Sunni areas in the north; placate an angry Shia
south that is desperately short of water and power; deal with Kurdish demands;
reintegrate Iranian-backed militias into civilian life; balance carefully
between Iran and the U.S. He must do all this without a secure parliamentary
majority or even a solid support base. Mr. Abdul Mahdi’s position as an honest
broker gives him great strength, but if he fails, Iraq could become Libya.
Professor Dr. Amatzia Baram
Iraq’s new prime minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, was reportedly hand-picked at meeting in Beirut by the leaders of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps and Hezbollah. Yet the man they chose is far from a radical. Close examination of Mr. Abdul Mahdi’s career shows him to be an experienced, honest and gutsy politician, friendly to the U.S. and hardly in Tehran’s pocket. The task he faces is gargantuan, but Mr. Abdul Mahdi has hidden strengths.
As Islamic State begins to lose ground in Syria and Iraq, regional and global powers are trying to carve out their own spheres of influence. The struggle is less military than political, and will hinge on negotiations to establish workable solutions, federal and otherwise, in both countries. But managing the endgame over the next 12-18 months will be tricky, and er...
Ukrainian leaders have claimed that Europe and its values are at stake in Donbass, and, more recently, that their country has been drawn into a ‘real’ interstate war with Russia. This rhetoric is harmful. It aims at extorting Western military support, which both United States' President Barack Obama and Nato at large have ruled out. It also makes the positions of R...
Dr. Uwe Nerlich