The Struggle for Iraq’s Future

The Struggle for Iraq’s Future

How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy

Since the withdrawal of US occupying forces, international attention has shifted away from Iraq - but life for Iraqis has become no easier. Deadly bombings are still all too common, sectarian violence has soared and all-pervading corruption means that massive inflows of aid and oil income have made very little difference to crucial issues like security, healthcare and power availability. Now, Iraqi lawyer Zaid al-Ali sets out why and how the post-occupation Iraqi government has failed to achieve legitimacy or improve its citizens' lives. He argues that the ill-planned US intervention destroyed the Iraqi state, creating a black hole which corrupt and incompetent members of the elite have now made their own.


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  • ARTICLE: Battle for Mosul upends false Iraq narrative

    February 18, 2017

    AL JAZEERA: The Iraqi army’s progress in Mosul over the past few months flies in the face of the narrative that has been created about Iraq since 2003. Narratives are often constructed, but rarely as aggressively as the story according to which Iraq is …

  • ARTICLE: Can Iraq defeat ISIL without destroying Mosul?

    October 31, 2016

    AL-JAZEERA: The outcome of Iraq’s military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is beyond doubt. ISIL was never the mythical fighting force that many people assumed, and it was always just a matter of time until the Iraqi army woul …

  • VIDEO: Is the Iraqi army ready to liberate Mosul?

    August 29, 2016

    AL-JAZEERA: It has been an effective summer for Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group. Now, they are fighting to retake Iraq’s second biggest city, Mosul, which has been under ISIL control for m …

  • QUOTE: Iraq’s widely reviled parliament mired in turmoil

    August 8, 2016

    ASSOCIATED FRANCE PRESS: Zaid al-Ali, a constitutional expert and the author of “The Struggle For Iraq’s Future”, said the latest problems would not necessarily further reduce confidence in parliament, as it cannot get much lower. “Ordinary Iraqis alre …

  • QUOTE: Baghdad Karrada attacks: Ali was killed because the Wi-Fi was too slow

    July 9, 2016

    SYDNEY MORNING HERALD:   Zaid al-Ali, a Princeton University academic who authored a book on Iraq and its collapsing state institutions, told Fairfax Media he was pessimistic about any security improvements given the Abadi administration’s lack of acco …

  • INTERVIEW: Death toll from Baghdad blast passes 200

    July 5, 2016

    AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION: A suicide bomb in Baghdad has left more than 200 people dead in what’s believed to be the deadliest single bomb attack to hit Iraq since 2007. Islamic State has claimed responsibility. Now, residents in Baghdad are …