Many politicians and observers rightly believe that Iraq is currently going through a serious existential challenge mostly due to the deteriorating security situation, the inescapable influence of regional powers, and the severe political divisions between Kurds and Arabs on the one hand and Shiites and Sunnis on the other. Some experts even think that Iraq might get divided sooner than expected because of the above challenges and a number of other factors like the growing corruption, unemployment, sectarianism, and the role of religious parties.

It is not surprising that the post-2003 Iraqi society has become extremely polarized along ethno-sectarian and tribal lines, sometimes a necessity that guarantees family protection and financial security. Many studies have been written about the ills and problems facing Iraq today and their causes, but what is obviously lacking is a comprehensive study on what Iraq currently needs to recover in order to safeguard its people.

This edited manuscript aims at providing insight into what is really required along different and vital state sectors. Each chapter is focused on one important area in which the contributors present the problems and challenges as well as provide practical solutions based on the available resources. This is only a minor contribution as the edited book remains limited by the number of chapters offered and the areas covered, but it can be regarded as an important step in research on Iraq's development in particular and the Middle East in general. Some of the areas needed for this edited publication include: Reforming the political system The economic challenges and solutions: Oil & industry Tourism: Rescuing cultural & archaeological sites Addressing the issues of security & terrorism Women, minorities and ethnic rights Historical grievances: Lessons from other countries Reforming education Technology as a development tool: Needs & possibilities of a wired society Iraqi refugees and internally-displaced persons Civil society and humanitarian organizations Regional and international powers in Iraq's development Religious authority and freedom Reforming the Health Sector Iraqi literature, arts, & sports as unifying factors Corruption, favoritism, & tribalism Other relevant topics are also encouraged.

Interested scholars can send a 500 words abstract to the editor (ahmed@aalrawi.com or ahmed.alrawi@concordia.ca) before 30 November 2015. Complete chapters are expected to be submitted by the end of February 2016. There is an expression of interest by Routledge with regard to this proposed book.