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Playing Identity Politics In Iraq Open Access Deposited

While Iraq has achieved success in militarily defeating ISIS, it must now prepare for the difficult post-conflict reconstruction phase. The most important issue facing the country in the post- ISIS landscape is the challenge posed by sectarianism and identity politics, which helped ISIS in its campaign to control territory. Iraqi society is marred with sectarianism, and this paper examines its military, political, and economic components through case studies of the events that unfolded in Mosul, Baghdad, and Kirkuk. In order to move forward and avoid repeating the mistakes of the past, Iraq must integrate the anti-ISIS militia groups into the state military structure, incorporate Sunni voices and pursue political decentralization ahead of the 2018 parliamentary elections, and develop a dialogue with Kurds to reduce inter-community tensions and pave the way for a better future.

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