Johns Hopkins, Brookings Academics Propose a Partition of Iraq Into 3 Main Regions
By BARRY SCHWEID
The Associated Press
Two scholars hoping to draw the attention of Bush administration policymakers are proposing a partition plan for Iraq that would divide the country into three main regions.
Edward P. Joseph of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and Michael O'Hanlon, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, acknowledged that their plan faces an uphill struggle. "I think the odds against this are not as good as 50-50," O'Hanlon said at a news conference Thursday.
Withdrawing U.S. troops, O'Hanlon said, remains "a very bad option" that most likely would lead to all-out civil war.
The three main spheres proposed in their plan would be Shiite, Sunni and Kurdistan. The Kurds already control Kurdistan.
Joseph and O'Hanlon are circulating their suggestions within the Bush administration, with their timing geared to an expected top-level administration policy review in September.
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