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Research Report


Marisa Sullivan
Copyright Date: Apr. 1, 2013
Pages: 49
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    Marisa Sullivan

    Today, political and military power in Iraq is highly centralized in the Prime Minister Maliki’s personal office. The national unity government that was formed in the wake of the 2010 parliamentary elections has given way to a de-facto majoritarian government in which Maliki has a monopoly on the institutions of the state. This will have important implications for the future of Iraq and the trajectory and durability of its democratic transition.

    Maliki is the dominant force over Iraq’s conventional military forces, special operations units, intelligence apparatus, and civilian ministries. Maliki began his security consolidation not long after taking office in...