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The Legacy of IraqFrom the 2003 War to the 'Islamic State'$
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Benjamin Isakhan

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748696161

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696161.001.0001

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Iraq, the Illusion of Security and the Limits to Power

Iraq, the Illusion of Security and the Limits to Power

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(p.208) Chapter 14 Iraq, the Illusion of Security and the Limits to Power
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The Legacy of Iraq
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Joseph A. Camilleri

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696161.003.0015

This chapter examines the legacy of the Iraq War for two further global concerns, referred to as the ‘globalization of insecurity’ and the ‘limits to empire’. Underpinning this analysis is an examination of the extent to which the Iraq War in fact served to strengthen the enemies of the United States and created a less secure global environment. Paradoxically, the United States also saw their economy falter during the war, giving way to rising cynicism about their status as a super-power and leaving them isolated with few supporters and little legitimacy even in the eyes of Coalition partners.

Keywords:   Iraq War, globalization, security, empire, insecurity

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