Across the Bay

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Geopolitical Context of the Iraqi Elections

Here's my piece in NOW Lebanon today. It briefly goes into the converging interests of Iran, Saudi Arabia and Syria in defeating Nouri al-Maliki. However, contrary to their calculations -- including the Syrian campaign of violence designed to destroy Maliki (as Syrian regime mouthpieces like Sami Moubayed in effect openly and gloatingly say) -- Maliki remains the favorite to return as Prime Minister.

This is the third in my recent Iraq-focused pieces, and the three could be read together to get a broader picture of the regional dynamic in Iraq. The first two are here and here.

For more on Maliki, see this recent piece by Hussain Abdul-Hussain in The National.