- After 20 years of violence and political dysfunction, Iraq is showing signs of recovery.
- Most concrete blast walls have come down and Baghdad is reviving.
- Violence has largely abated with last year's monthly death toll at around 60.
- Despite progress, corruption and misgovernment are still prevalent.
- 25% of Iraq's population live below the national poverty line and billions of dollars from oil revenues have been lost to corruption.
The Economist — World — Iraq Recovery — Politics — Corruption — Economy
After 20 years of trauma, Iraq is struggling to recover
After two decades of violence and political dysfunction, Iraq is showing signs of recovery but still struggling with corruption and poverty. Violence has largely abated in Baghdad.