Iraq post-invasion is still a hotly debated topic. Most commentary focuses on where to place blame for the failures of the U.S. and Coalition efforts to build a stable state after Saddam. Yale’s Emma Sky, an expert on the region, has the advantage of actually having served there: as an advisor to U.S. General Raymond Odierno and as an official of the Kirkuk Governate. Here she explains the forces driving Iraq’s fragmentation and why the Sunni/Shia divide might be far less important than many analysts argue.
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Emma Sky is director of Yale’s Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program and a Senior Fellow at the Jackson Institute.