Iraq's National Elections 2010: The Parties, the Issues, and the Challenges for American Policy

Charles W. Dunne, a veteran of the White House, and State and Defense Departments, analyzes the upcoming Iraqi elections and worries that a policy of benign neglect could hinder the growth of a democratic Iraqi political sphere. He writes, "Iraq's elections in March 2010 will be the most important of the several held since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein's regime in 2003. They will help determine whether Iraq will continue its current advance toward greater stability and political inclusiveness, or revert to the zero-sum politics of fragmentation and ethnic violence. ... The question is whether the United States will make the needed commitment to Iraq as the focus on U.S. withdrawal increasingly appears to be the aim of our policy toward Iraq in and of itself." Download (pdf).