Handing Over Power in Iraq: Are US and the Iraqis Ready?

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This week, the United States has begun the process of transferring power back to the Iraqis, but with the deadline only six months away, plans for a western-style capitalist democracy may have to be put on hold. Nobody yet knows which state-run industries will be privatized, what the government will look like or what will be the role of Islam. With American troops on the ground for years to come, will the June 30 transfer of power itself be real or mostly symbolic? We discuss how an early deadline has impacted plans for transforming a nation with a former counter-intelligence officer, an expert in civil society and democracy, a political scientist and a senior legal advisor to the President of the Iraqi Governing Council.
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Gellman's article on Iraqi weapons program

UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC)

Iraqi Governing Council

Wall Street Journal article on possible formation of state-run oil company

Wright's article on power transfer in Iraq

Reflecting Absence (WTC Memorial)



Warren Olney