Iraq's Defining Moment

Sharq Forum, December 2018

9 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2019

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Muhanad Seloom

Doha Institute for Graduate Studies; University of Exeter - College of Social Sciences and International Studies

Date Written: December 28, 2018


The socio-political drivers of conflict in Iraq have shifted. For the first time since 2003, Iraqis are seeking to form a representative government led by competent officials rather than choosing representation through customary ethno-sectarian quotas. Yet, Iraqi political parties opted for negotiating the formation of Iraq’s next government based on the post-2003 communal quotas system. Through protests, Iraqis are pressuring the political elites to form a technocratic government capable of delivering essential services, fight endemic corruption, create jobs. For Iraqis, the new government must be capable of good governance.

Keywords: Iraq, Islamic, Islamist, Middle East, Governance, Iran, GCC, Qatar, Turkey, Politics, International Relations, Terrorism, ISIS

Suggested Citation

Seloom, Muhanad, Iraq's Defining Moment (December 28, 2018). Sharq Forum, December 2018, Available at SSRN:

Muhanad Seloom (Contact Author)

Doha Institute for Graduate Studies ( email )

Al Tarfa Street
Doha, Zone 70

University of Exeter - College of Social Sciences and International Studies ( email )

University of Exeter
Exeter, Devon EX4 4RJ
United Kingdom


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