This commentary was published in The Gulf News on 30/05/2011
Once again history and politics seem to trump reality and realpolitik in this turbulent region. Iraq continues to reel from its traumatic politics, more than 14 months after its election. It is bogged down in a dysfunctional system and continued occupation, with the Americans having second thoughts about departing. This has in turn led to alarming and threatening displays of rejection by Iran's allies in the country, led by the Mahdi Army. Kuwait and other GCC states are worried that America's drawing down of its forces will allow Iran to take advantage of the situation, and this will lead to greater instability and allow Tehran to exert more influence.
Professor Abdullah Al Shayji is the Chairman of the Political Science Department — Kuwait University.