With the departure of American troops from Iraqi soil, it remains to be seen how upcoming political battles will be settled in the newly independent regime. Political and social trends since the Ba’athist rise to power in Iraq, and especially since its demise in 2003, are key to understanding the direction the country will take.


This profile was conceived and supervised by Dr. Jocelyne Cesari.

Research was conducted by Tova Reznicek with the help of Lama Hassoun.

Ms. Reznicek holds a Master’s Degree in Arabic Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She recently spent a year as a fellow at the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad at the American University of Cairo.