Machiavelli in Mesopotamia: Nouri al-Maliki Builds the Body Politic

Parker, Ned
March 2009
World Policy Journal;Spring2009, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p17
Academic Journal
The article discusses the efforts of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to create political stability in post-civil war Iraq. Prime Minister al-Maliki has started to consolidate his power over the country's security forces and assert his will on the Iraqi provinces, the author indicates. Topics include the authoritarian model of government that Iraq has begun to adopt, the rule of the Shiite majority in Iraq, and Iraqis who are willing to accept an assertive leader who mixes patronage and force to create a orderly and unified country.


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