More than a thousand people were killed in violence in Iraq last month according to the United Nations.
The country appears to be dividing along religious lines, not helped by its neighbour Syria's descent into civil war.
In this BBC Hardtalk interview, Sarah Montague talks to Ayad Allawi, the country's first Prime Minister after Saddam Hussein.
He has accused the current Prime Minister, Nouri Al Maliki, of turning into a dictator. So what hope is there now for keeping the peace in Iraq?
Please click here to see the full interview (available until 26th June 2013).