Major props to Soob for hosting a fascinating conversation on constitution reform in Iraq. Soob begins by noting the limitations of the Surge, excerpts the following piece from a RAND analysis:
Soob: Going Tribal II: The House of Tribes
Our proposal envisions revamping the Iraqi constitution to create a federal branch with two houses: a lower house comprised of all political parties and dealing with daily political, social and economic issues; and a higher House of Tribes, based on tribal affiliations, not provinces. This would introduce a check and balance system that would benefit all Iraqis and set the stage for pure Iraqi reunification. The governance scope of this higher body would be the same as the lower.
And then allows an amazing discussion to follow in the comments.