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Published on Dec 21, 2011
In this week's Inside the Issues, the program focuses on constitution-building in Iraq (or lack thereof) with Sven Spengemann, visiting scholar at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Having worked in Baghdad since 2005 and, from early 2007 on, as the Senior Constitutional Officer for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (currently on leave), Spengemann discusses the challenges involved in building a legitimate federal system within a country of competing sectarian interests. While security has improved in the past seven years, he says, the political will to build representative national institutions and a secular rule of law has lagged behind.
The views of Spengemann are his own and do not reflect those of the UN.