Within hours, the Iraqi Governing Council dissolved itself. In a possibly ominous sign, strong explosions rocked Baghdad shortly after the announcement of the new government.
Click the "Listen" link to hear how Iraqis are responding and whether the June 30th handover suddenly looks more manageable.
Anne Barnard, Baghdad correspondent, The Boston Globe;
Judith Yaphe, project director at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. and formerly a senior intelligence officer in the CIA from 1975-1995 in the Office of Near Eastern and South Asian Analysis
David Mack, vice president, Middle East Institute, former deputy assistant secretary of state for Near East Affairs (1990-1993) and ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (1986-1989), U.S. diplomatic assignments included Iraq, Jordan, Jerusalem, Lebanon, Libya, and Tunisia
Fawaz Gerges, chair of the Department of Middle East and International Affairs at Sarah Lawrence College, author of "America and Political Islam: Clash of Cultures or Clash of Interest."
This program aired on June 1, 2004.