Iraq’s New Prime Minister Is Taking Things Slow
After nearly 20 years of political chaos in Baghdad, Mustafa al-Kadhimi is trying incremental reform.
Despite this dire context, the new prime minister is neither a revolutionary who will overhaul the system nor a strongman who will centralize power.
Instead, he is seeking incremental reform, working within the existing system.
His vision is to navigate the impasse between citizens and elites-and the political fragmentation between elites themselves-by striking a new balance between reform and the status quo.