The Parting: The Pentagon and Iraq

07/17/2012
2012-07-17  By Richard Weitz The U.S. military operated in since 2008 and until their departure in 2010 under a special Status of Forces Agreement The “Agreement Between the United States of America and the Republic of Iraq On the Withdrawal of United States Forces from Iraq and the Organization of…

Iraq Oil Problems and Possibilities

07/14/2012
2012-07-14  By Richard Weitz Iraq’s oil industry is indispensable to the country’s economic growth. The oil sector provides more than 90 percent of the government’s revenue and 80 percent of Iraq’s foreign exchange earnings. Iraqi officials have tendered bids and recently awarded ten contracts to international oil companies. These investments…

China-Iraq Ties: Oil, Arms, and Influence

06/25/2012
6/25/12: By Richard Weitz Sino-Iraq relations will likely continue to strengthen in the near future. China, which imports more than half its oil, needs Iraqi energy, while Iraq, which continues to suffer from sectarian violence and an unstable political environment, depends heavily on China’s willingness to invest in the country…

Iraq New Dawn: The Challenge of Sectarian Divisions

06/19/2012
6/19/12: by Richard Weitz In addition to these strains between Iraqi Sunnis and Shiites, three sources of Arab-Kurdish tensions exist despite their shared Iraqi Sunni background: territorial disputes, constitutional disagreements, and diverging foreign policy orientations. Since 2003, Iraqi Kurds have simultaneously been creating an autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in…

The Future of Iraq: Sunnis and Shiites

06/10/2012
6/10/12: By Richard Weitz Wielding power in a country so easily divided by competing allegiances and identities has never been easy. Although Iraqis’ nationalist sentiments are strong, the nation faces the challenge of overcoming major internal divisions. These include sectarian tensions between the majority Shiites and the minority Sunnis, ethnic…

New Dawn 2012: Iraq Without the U.S. Military

06/08/2012
By Richard Weitz Today’s Iraq is an aborted democracy that falls considerably short of the original U.S. goal of creating an attractive democratic, prosperous, ethically mixed country that partners with the United States to maintain regional stability and security. Iraq’s political leaders cannot cease feuding, wary investors hesitate to make…

New Dawn 2012: An Aborted Democracy

06/07/2012
6/7/12: By Richard Weitz Following a controversial public relations campaign, the United States and its allies launched Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) in March 2003. The Iraqi regime collapsed in a few weeks. In addition to searching for weapons of mass destruction, the occupation authorities sought to establish a new Iraqi…

Last MRAP from Iraq arrives at the Port of Beaumont

05/13/2012
The last vehicle to leave Iraq for Operation New Dawn has arrived at the Port of Beaumont, Texas. The MRAP will soon make its way to the 1st CAV Museum at Fort Hood, TX to be displayed as piece of Army history. Last MRAP from Iraq arrives at the Port…