Iraq: Regional Perspectives and U.S. Policy
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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Iraqs neighbors have influenced events in Iraq since the fall of the Saddam Hussein regime in 2003, and developments in Iraq have had political, economic, and security implications for Iraqs neighbors and the broader Middle East. Declining levels of violence in Iraq and discussion of options for modifying U.S. policy toward Iraq are fueling consideration of Iraqs future and the current and potential policies by Iraqs neighbors. Policymakers and observers are now considering several potential Iraq scenarios, ranging from the resolution of outstanding Iraqi political disputes and the successful consolidation of Iraqs government and security forces, to a competition among Iraqs neighbors for influence in Iraq or the return to widespread civil violence.
- Government and Political Science