Rafik Hariri Center Nonresident Fellow Ramzy Mardini is quoted by the New York Times on Iraq’s parliamentary elections:
Ramzy Mardini, an Iraq expert at the Atlantic Council, said: “Maliki is not a democrat. He’s not a nationalist or sectarian ideologue. His ideology and doctrine are grounded in survivalism.
“In many ways Maliki is a typical Arab ruler: paranoid and conspiratorial,” he said.