This article provides a preliminary evaluation of the de-Baathification policy that has been adopted by the occupying forces in Iraq. In order to do this evaluation, the article examines the logic behind major lustration laws approved in East European countries between 1990 and 2003 and assesses their political effects. It introduces the concept of 'lustration systems' and provides their classification into either 'exclusive', 'inclusive', 'reconciliatory' or 'mixed' systems. It recommends a 'reconciliatory' system for the new Iraqi administration as an alternative to the 'mixed' system previously pursued by the Coalition authorities in Iraq.
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