Yitzhak Nakash

former Scholar, Carnegie Council

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Author of Reaching for Power: The Shi‘a in the Modern Arab World; former scholar at the Carnegie Council

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Iraq has been preparing for crucial nationwide elections early in March, and Sunnis, who boycotted last time around, have been full participants in the process.

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