Zaid al-Ali is an Iraqi lawyer. He has law degrees from Harvard Law School, the Université de Paris I (Sorbonne), and King’s College London. From 2005... to 2010, he was a legal adviser to the United Nations focusing on constitutional, parliamentary, and judicial reform in Iraq. Since the beginning of 2011, he has been working on constitutional reform throughout the Arab region, in particular in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt. He has published widely on Iraq and on constitutional law.
Muqtada al-Sadr’s election victory has given him enough leverage to curb foreign influence in Iraq.
It is likely that the dispute between Baghdad and Erbil will not be resolved and will escalate again in the future.
By reaching out to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the Shia leader is attempting to counterbalance Iran’s influence in Iraq.
Successive US administrations have and always will be oblivious to the effect that they have had in Iraq.
Analysis: The success of Iraq’s counterterrorism forces highlights deep public misconceptions about the war on ISIL.
Iraq’s more determinant challenges will be to prevent the emergence of “al-Qaeda 3.0”.