Ellen Laipson, president of U.S.-based security firm
Stimson, sees the possibility that the current crisis may even increase support
for Maliki in some quarters.
“There’s a paradox right now that he might have a surge of
strength,” she said, at this time of a “genuine crisis.”
Outside powers, though, should “use this vulnerability to
get his attention,” and persuade him to share power, otherwise the entire
country could be facing an existential crisis.
“If he falls he could bring down the Iraqi state with him,”
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