Ali Abdul-Amir Allawi was Minister of Trade and Minister of Defence in the cabinet appointed by the Interim Iraq Governing Council from September 2003 until 2004, and subsequently Minister of Finance in the Iraqi Transitional Government between 2005 and 2006. A Shia Muslim, Allawi was part of the Iraqi exile community in London during the rule of Saddam Hussein. He was one of the organizers of ‘The Declaration of Iraqi Shia’, a statement released in 2002. Before being appointed by the governing council in 2003, Allawi was a professor at Oxford University.
Allawi’s “The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace” was published in April, 2007.