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Iraqi and Lebanese Protesters Will Struggle to Change Systems Built to Resist

Nov 27, 2019 | 10:30 GMT
This photo shows Iraqi protesters gathered in Baghdad's Tahrir Square on Oct. 31, 2019.

Iraqi protesters gather in Tahrir Square in Baghdad on Oct. 31, 2019. The ongoing protest movement in Iraq could force some concessions, but a wholesale change of government remains unlikely, at least in the short term.

(AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP via Getty Images)

Vocal public disapproval will do little to budge the political elite who benefit from their countries' sectarian political structures and fear the destabilization that reforms could introduce....

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