Kadhimi's Rolling Reshuffle (Part 2): Protecting Iraq's Economic Institutions and Borders
On September 14, Baghdad announced a range of strategic leadership appointments for institutions tasked with overseeing Iraq's economy, borders, and anti-corruption efforts-a list that includes banks, customs authorities, airports, seaports, land crossings, municipal bodies, investigative committees, and more.
The ambitious scope of the appointments and the centralized manner in which they were made says a great deal about Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi's commitment to changing the corrosive status quo in Baghdad.
The question now is whether his government can withstand the coming pushback from militia and political elements who benefit from that status quo. The following is a digest of the new technocratic appointments and their implications; see Part 1 of this PolicyWatch for a discussion of Kadhimi's recent military reshuffling.