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Tipping the Scales of Political Power in Iraq

Aug 15, 2017 | 23:48 GMT
Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr (R) delivers a speech in Baghdad in March 2017.

Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr (R) recently demonstrated his eagerness to tap into Iraq's Sunni voter base by accepting invitations to visit with the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.

(KHALIL AL-MURSHIDI/AFP/Getty Images)

In Iraq, domestic politics are an international affair. The multiplicity of interest groups represented in the country's central government -- meant to ensure inclusion in Baghdad in the wake of Saddam Hussein's repressive administration -- complicates coalition building, leaving room for nearby states to insert their own competing agendas. Regional...

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