Discussion: Political turmoil in Iraq

Five years after the death of Osama bin Laden, the Middle East is still plagued by instability and uncertainty. As political upheaval brings the potential for change in Iraq and elsewhere, is peace even possible? Protesters in Baghdad stormed the parliament building over the weekend, demanding change after lawmakers again failed to approve new ministers. On top of that, two suicide car bombs by ISIL killed at least 32 and wounded 75 others in the southern Iraqi city of Samawa. Even after bin Laden’s death, the threat of terrorism only seems to have grown stronger. Can terrorism ever be eradicated? He Wenping of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Ahmed Rushdi of the House of Iraq Expertise Foundation, and Jim Walsh of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology share their insight.

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