Iraq and Gulf Analysis

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Archive for April, 2006

Sistani and Maliki: Towards a More Active Role for Najaf?

Posted by Reidar Visser on Saturday, 29 April 2006 18:19

On 27 April 2006, the Najaf office of the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani released a pronouncement or bayan which may be of greater import than any other document issued by Sistani since October 2004.The new pronouncement, published after a meeting held with prime minister designate Nuri (aka Jawad) al-Maliki, may mark an end to a long period of silence from Sistani. After an interval of active involvement from June 2003 to November 2004, the Najaf ayatollah has in the subsequent period been distinctly hesitant with regard to direct interference in Iraqi politics… Full story here.

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Centralism and Unitary State Logic in Iraq from Midhat Pasha to Jawad al-Maliki: A Continuous Trend?

Posted by Reidar Visser on Saturday, 22 April 2006 16:59

[This is an English translation of an article published in Norwegian in the journal Babylon vol. 4 no. 1, 2006 and originally titled “Centralism in Iraq: Anachronism from the British Mandate or a Viable Alternative for the Future?” A postscript about the nomination of Jawad al-Maliki as prime ministerial candidate has been added. Full story here.]

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