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The Legacy of Iraq: From the 2003 War to the 'Islamic State'

Benjamin Isakhan


This book critically reflects on the failure of the 2003 intervention to turn Iraq into a liberal democracy, underpinned by free-market capitalism, its citizens free to live in peace and prosperity. The book argues that mistakes made by the coalition and the Iraqi political elite set a sequence of events in motion that have had devastating consequences for Iraq, the Middle East and for the rest of the world. Today, as the nation faces perhaps its greatest challenge in the wake of the devastating advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and another US-led coalition undertakes renew ... More

Keywords: Iraq War, liberal democracy, free-market capitalism, US-led coalition, Iraqi political elite, Middle East, ISIS, military action, 2003 war, 2003 intervention

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780748696161
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696161.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin Isakhan, editor
Deakin University

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Part I The Aftermath of War: Strategic Decisions and Catastrophic Mistakes

Part II Iraqi Politics since Saddam

Part III The Plight of Iraqi Culture and Civil Society

Part IV Regional and International Consequences of the Iraq War

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