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Post-Saddam Iraq: deconstructing a regime, reconstructing a nation

Barakat, S. (2005) Post-Saddam Iraq: deconstructing a regime, reconstructing a nation. Third World Quarterly, 26 (4-5). pp. 571-591. ISSN 0143-6597

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The reconstruction of Iraq, following its invasion and occupation by the USA and its allies in 2003, presents a challenge to the consensus view of post-war reconstruction that has emerged in the wake of the Cold War, in that in Iraq reconstruction is being seen as integral to a military strategy and external strategic interest. Iraq itself also presents a very different context in terms of its human and economic development, resources and recent history compared with other nations that have been the subject of reconstruction interventions. This paper draws on four key tenets of post-war reconstruction: understanding the context (historical, cultural, regional); developing a shared national vision of the future; developing collaborative governance; and inducing development as a framework for analysing the nature of the reconstruction attempted in Iraq. It traces the difficulties of effecting a peaceful transition to the failure to understand the implications of attempting to impose a pre-determined plan in the fragile conditions of Iraq, post-Saddam. Nevertheless, despite these many mistakes, the paper concludes by suggesting that a way forward can still be found.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Politics (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2009 09:40
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2009 09:40
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01436590500127800
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Identification Number: 10.1080/01436590500127800
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7766

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