Smart Moves on Iraq’s Economy

Iraq's economic rebirth.

When American journalists and policymakers talk about Iraq, their focus is overwhelmingly on security. Will Iraqi forces mop up the remnants of the Islamic State? Will Iran extend and formalize its influence in Iraq (as the Iranian and Iraqi Defense Ministries’ recent Memorandum of Understanding suggests)? Will the Hashd ash-Shaabi, the largely Shi’ite militias that arose in the wake of Mosul’s fall, remain a corollary to the Kurdish Peshmerga, or will they instead become an Iraqi version of Hezbollah? Will the Iraqi government and Sunni Arabs reach an understanding, or is Iraq destined for more sectarian violence?

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