Richard Melson

May 2006

Dayan Center

From the Moshe Dayan Center for

Middle Eastern and African Studies

More than four months after it was elected on December 15, 2005, the Iraqi
Council of Representatives (Parliament) was finally able to nominate a new
prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki. The crisis around the prime minister was
illustrative of a deep, structural problem afflicting Iraqi polity and society
since the formation of the modern state.

In this edition of Tel Aviv Notes,

Senior Fellow Prof. Ofra Bengio stresses that al-Maliki is little more
than a compromise candidate, and that even if the current situation is not a
full-blown civil war, recent grisly events (such as the discovery in April of
2000 corpses in Baghdad), certainly indicate growing religious and ethnic
polarization, declining confidence in a weak central government, and a loss of
any sense of direction. Iraq, she concludes, is in danger of becoming a failed
Prof. Asher Susser

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