March 15, 2012-March 23, 2012. Barzani Disparages Maliki, Maliki Allies Criticize Barzani For Sheltering Hashemi, Iraqiyya Loses Confidence in National Conference.
As participants head to Baghdad for this week’s Arab League Summit, the Institute for the Study of War takes stock of the opportunities and challenges for Arab leaders at the conference.
March 9, 2012-March 15, 2012. Maliki Visits Kuwait, Emir to Attend Arab Summit, McGurk Likely Choice for Next U.S. Ambassador, Kurds Refuse to Hand Over Hashemi.
March 2-8, 2012. Diyala Appoints New Governor, Kurds Continue to Host Hashemi Despite Pressure, Talabani to Head Arab League Summit.
February 24-March 2, 2012. Diyala Governor Reportedly Resigns, Postponing National Conference After Summit, Hashemi and Maliki Reportedly Exchange Letters.
February 18-24, 2012. Judiciary Sets Hashemi’s Court Date, Mutlaq Case to Be Resolved in Parliament, Parliament Passes 2012 Budget.
February 10-17, 2012. Investigation Escalates Hashemi Case, Blocs Debate Agenda for National Conference, Maliki’s Charm Offensive in Basra.
The unilateral moves taken by Maliki’s Shi’a-dominated government against the public faces of Iraq’s Sunni community were unprecedented, sparking a new political crisis that has put the country’s long-term unity and stability at risk. Given the number of red-lines crossed by the government, Iraq has entered a new era of post-Saddam politics.