Ethnicity, federalism and the idea of sectarian citizenship in Iraq: a critique

31 December 2007 Reidar Visser

The article discusses the "ethnic paradigm" that currently prevails in analyses of Iraqi history and politics. While acknowledging the strong forces associated with ethnic and sectarian loyalties in the country, the article points to three important indicators of the surviving Iraqi nationalist sentiment that cuts across these ethno-sectarian categories.

About the author

Reidar Visser
Research fellow

Research fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and editor of the Iraq website