Arabian Business Weekly Update August 14, 2005

Women’s rights should be at the top of the agenda as Iraq drafts its constitution. This week will see the initial deadline pass for Iraq’s constitution to be drafted, but it looks pretty unlikely to be met. Brokering an agreement would be an extremely difficult challenge during peacetime, let alone the present climate in the country. At the time of writing, Iraq’s competing ethnic and sectarian factions are still at loggerheads over many issues, including the reach of Islamic law and rights for minorities. But reaching a deal will be crucial. If ever there was an example of how you can’t create a nation just by drawing some lines on a map — as Britain did with Iraq in the 1920s — this is it.

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