Nov 18th 20
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University during a 30-year exile in Britain, Haider al-Abadi, Iraq’s new prime minister, faces a challenge of rare complexity:
preventing the collapse of the Iraqi state. The successor to Nouri al-Maliki, whose authoritarian style was a key driver of the Islamic State-led Sunni uprising, he must overcome Shia ambition, Sunni rebellion and Kurdish isolation to establish an inclusive administration. He doesn’t have much time. By the end of 2015, matters may have been decided if Kurds move for independence and Sunnis consolidate their grip on vast swathes of the country’s north-west. In his favour, he is supported by Iraq’s Western backers.
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