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Negotiations on Security Agreement Present New Pitfalls and Opportunities

Report 26 November 2008
Today, the Iraqi Parliament postponed a scheduled vote on the U.S.-Iraq Security agreement. In order to get broad support in Parliament for the security agreement, Maliki and his allies appear to have given into a Sunni demand to hold a national referendum on the agreement in 2009.
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Iraq

The Hard Part – Integrating the Sons of Iraq

Report 2 September 2008
Iraq is entering a pivotal period. With little political reconciliation between Sunnis and Shia since the surge began a year and a half ago, the U.S. has now begun to transfer authority over the predominately Sunni Anbar province to the Shia-dominated Iraqi government. While conservatives have prematurely declared victory in Iraq, progressives have consistently warned that political reconciliation and the establishment of the Iraqi government will be the hard part.
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Iraq

After Year and Half Situation Tenuous In Iraq Due to Lack of Progress in Political Reconciliation

Report 21 August 2008
In his last days commanding U.S. forces in Iraq, General Petraeus issued words of caution – the security gains that had been achieved were “tenuous.” The increase in U.S. forces played an important role in creating the decrease in violence, but during this time almost no progress has been made on political reconciliation.
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Iraq

More Political Progress in Iraq Is Necessary

Report 4 August 2008
This weekend Iraq’s leaders again failed to agree on a new provincial elections law, and a new wave of protests and bombings shook the region. It is a reminder that the reduction in violence we have seen recently is heavily predicated on political success.
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Iraq

Iraqi Politicians Push for Withdrawal

News The Washington Independent 6 June 2008
Iraq

Sunni Infighting Threatens Iraq's Stability

Report 12 February 2008
America’s “Awakening Strategy” in Western and Central Iraq rests atop a complex and unresolved set of conflicts. The situation is complex, insufficiently understood – and very likely untenable.
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