Having welcomed in a new year, many of us will have hopes and dreams for the twelve months ahead.
And with Iraq in a state of flux following the departure of American troops, the range of possible outcomes for the country is very wide; Iraq has the ability to make 2012 a transformative year, for better or worse.
The momentum in terms of investment and development is still clearly in a positive direction, but it is essential that political wrangling, ethnic disputes and corruption are not allowed to deflect that momentum.
What are your hopes for Iraq in 2012, and what are your predictions for the state of the country one year from now? Whatever your connection with Iraq, we'd love to hear your opinions in the comments section below.
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