Time for a “Diplomatic Surge”: Democracy in Iraq is Going to Need Intense Pressure on its Leaders
Publication Date: January 2008
Publisher(s): Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
Author(s): Larry Diamond
Series: Hoover Digest
Keywords: Middle East; Democracy; Iraq
We are long past the date when the Iraqi constitution was to have been amended to resolve such key issues as control and distribution of the oil revenue, the federal structure of the country, and the structure of executive power at the center. Iraq cannot progress toward stability until all the major parties agree on the core constitutional question: how will wealth and power be shared? The only way Iraq’s parties will make the necessary political compromises is with a “diplomatic surge” of intense pressure and incentives.