The Future of Iraq: Is Reintegration Possible?

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With IS nearing its territorial defeat, the time has come to address the repercussions of its rise — the prominent role the PMF now has in Iraqi society being one of the most dangerous elements that need to be countered. This article aims to briefly highlight the danger the PMF poses to Iraqi unity, before going on to argue for the best way to counteract this threat within the current political dynamics of Iraq. In the context of this article, Iraqi unity refers to preventing Iraq from failing as a state and fragmenting into small ethnoreligious territories. It requires the different communities to opt for cooperation rather than competition with one another and for the government to develop an inclusive system of governance based on citizenship and respect for the human rights of all groups.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-47
JournalMiddle East Policy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2017