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Indian Journal of Federal Studies (2/2010)

ISSN No. 0976-8408

Federalism in Iraq: Critical Challenges and Possibilities

- Kumar Suresh and Balasim A. Abdallah


Despite the formal adoption in the Iraqi constitution of 2005, federalism remains a contested issue. Given the context of ethnic composition and cleavages and regional concentration/distribution of Oil and Gas resources, federalism is not received uniformly across the ethnic groups. Some consider federalism as a step towards secession; others consider it as a legitimizing means of monopolistic control over the resources by particular ethnic group. In the midst of claims and counter claims the issue of maintaining and strengthening of national identity has emerged as one of the important critical challenges in contemporary Iraq. The paper attempts to grapple with the challenges and possibilities.

[Page No. 68 - 79]





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