The Los Angeles Times quotes Rafik Hariri Center Nonresident Fellow Ramzy Mardini on gains made by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in Iraq: 

“So long as there is lack of genuine reconciliation and integration in Iraq, crises of confidence will fester, leaving weak institutions prone to unraveling,” said Ramzy Mardini, nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council in Amman, Jordan. “The divisions are so deep that during times of crisis, the first instinct is to gain an advantage against rivals rather than seek to compromise for the collective good.”

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