Project on Middle East Democracy
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Month: October, 2005
POMED Event - “Developing Democracy: America’s Involvement in Iraq’s Constitution”
October 12th, 2005 by Administrator
The negotiations over Iraq’s new constitution were in many ways a lost opportunity, said several panelists during an event on Oct. 12, 2005 at Georgetown University.
If the drafting process had offered a genuine chance for more Iraqis to become involved with the framing of the constitution, there would have been a real possibility of engaging the Sunnis and weakening the insurgency, said Neil Kritz, the director of the Rule of Law Program at the United States Institute of Peace. He pointed to South Africa and Albania as two examples of countries in which an open drafting process lent legitimacy to the new constitution.
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