Can Iraq’s new Leadership Win (and Keep) the Peace?

By Ranj Alaaldin.

Iraq now has a new government in place, six months after holding elections against a backdrop of a long period of political instability and social unrest.

With the new leadership of Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi and President Barham Salih—both widely touted as reformist, progressive, and Western-leaning—there are high hopes that the country will turn a new chapter after three bloody and arduous years of combatting the so-called Islamic State.

Iraq has a multitude of problems, but with this new coalition government, which includes Iraq’s main communities and factions (Mahdi is a Shia politician, Salih a Kurdish one), there could be an important opportunity to seize the momentum and move the country forward.

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(Source: Brookings Institution)

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