As Iraq faces renewed instability and violence as a result of the post-U.S. invasion conditins and political exclusion and disenfranchisement of numerous groups, the Arab American Institute (AAI) continues to support U.S. policies that secure the unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Iraq and a stable, democratic governance based on tolerance, transparency, and respect for liberal institutions.
Long term peace and security in Iraq can only be achieved through political reform and national reconciliation and an inclusive government that represents all Iraqis; a challenge the Iraqis themselves must face. The U.S. should seek to implement key recommendations from the Iraq Study Group Report, including the establishment of a regional security framework. Empowering the Iraqi people to create more effective response forces from existing Kurdish and Iraqi armies, while demonstrating a commitment to diplomatic engagement, is also necessary.
Further, the U.S. should seek to improve the humanitarian crisis facing vulnerable communities, refugees and internally displaced persons by creating safe zones and protected areas, providing aid and assistance, and attracting international support for Iraqi reconstruction efforts. It is also important that the United States increase resettlement efforts and policies for displaced Iraqis, refugees, and U.S.-allied Iraqis who helped U.S. forces during their mission in Iraq.
AAI strongly endorses policies aiming to secure the unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Iraq; support reconciliation among Iraq’s sectarian groups that will bring about stable, democratic governance based on tolerance, transparency, and respect for liberal institutions; prevent the spread of violence, genocide or an al-Qaeda safe haven in Iraq; and provide financial support for Iraq’s reconstruction and development.
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