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As from the outset of the war, it remains clear that the work to rebuild Iraq will be monumental. Repairing the physical structure of Iraq is a major task, but dealing with the psychological aftereffects — to Iraq, the region, and the transatlantic alliance — will be an enormous political undertaking. Daunting questions remain unanswered, including who will be in charge of a post-war Iraq, who will keep the peace in the interim, and what role the United Nations will play in the near future. With the major regional actors and Iraqi elites watching every move, the edict from Iraq's leading Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, to not "interfere with the U.S.-led invasion of troops" may signify the beginning of a trend. Analysts argue that putting religious and tribal leaders in charge of keeping the peace will have long-term ramifications. But who to back? Meanwhile discussions have begun on what role the United Nations would play in post-war Iraq. Secretary of State Colin Powell is playing down concerns that United States and British interests are being served first, while other, notably European, countries are being left out. Without complete international backing, critics note that it will be difficult for the United Nations to take on a role in the rebuilding of Iraq.

This month CIAO focuses on rebuilding Iraq.

From CIAO's database:

Critical National and Regional Infrastructures

US Policy Toward Iraq: The Calculations of Governments in the Middle East

An Attack on Iraq: The Military, Political, and Economic Consequences. Scenario Briefing

Iraq: The Day After

Iraq and Beyond: The New U.S. National Security Strategy

Outside Links*:

Office of the Iraq Programme: Oil-for-Food

UNDP in Iraq

DefenseLINK, U.S. Department of Defense

Rebuilding Iraq: Japan Is No Model

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