Iraq's new warlords?

Juan Cole worries about the CPA's decision to create a paramilitary force out of the members of five political party militias: ex-Baathists, Chalabists, SCIRI and two Kurdish groups. He sure sounds right.

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region,