Iraq in Transition : The Legacy of Dictatorship and the Prospects for Democracy

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  • Copyright: 2009-06-30
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
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**Winner of the 2010 San Diego Book Awards Association Prize in General Non-Fiction** Iraq in Transitiontakes the reader on a journey from Iraq's troubled history through the country's invasion and chaotic collapse of governance to the fragile state of political development today. Along the way, Peter Munson, an officer and Middle East specialist in the Marine Corps who has participated in operations in the Middle East, Afghanistan, and Africa, explains the social, cultural, and political roots of violent conflict and political confrontation among Iraq's numerous factions. Instead of rehashing American policy and ideology, Munson addresses the local aspects of the crisis, providing a solid basis for understanding the many important decisions to come regarding the intervention in Iraq. This book fills a void in the literature by synthesizing the available information in both English and Arabic to provide a unique perspective on the people behind the violent and conflictual attempt at transition to democracy in Iraq. Utilizing both academic and military insight, Munson explains how Saddam's demise and the crisis of governance that followed produced a vacuum that allowed narrow and opportunistic sectarian power groups to step into the breach. The path from the 2003 invasion to the current tenuous Iraqi state has largely been shaped by legacies of dictatorship. Striking progress has been made in security and political development, but Iraqis still have a great deal to overcome to establish themselves on the slow climb toward a peaceful and stable democracy. With a foreword by Steven Metz, professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Army War College and author of Iraq and the Evolution of American Strategy(Potomac Books, Inc., 2008).

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
A Crushing Legacy: The Roots of Chaosp. 11
Iraq's Modern Historyp. 16
The Seeds of Downfallp. 35
The Rise of the Tribesp. 42
Islamp. 46
The Threads of Transitionp. 50
Iraq's Collapse and the Crisis of Governancep. 53
Collapse and Crisisp. 58
The Making of a Vacuump. 62
Governance and Securityp. 78
The Rise of Shi'a Power in Iraqp. 81
Shi'a Identity and Post-Invasion Organizationp. 86
Setting the Stage for Insurgency: The Sunni Heartland and the Ba'ath Regimep. 109
The Regime's Preparation for War and Internal Defensep. 116
Themes of Sunni Discontentp. 125
The Widening Insurgencies: 2003-2007p. 135
The Power of Islamp. 138
Tying the Network Together: Funding and Supportp. 150
Sunni Politics and the Way Aheadp. 156
Building a New Orderp. 161
Staking Out the Official Political Processp. 170
Elections in the New Iraq: Obstacles and Outcomesp. 177
The Constitutionp. 182
The December 2005 Election and Iraq's Permanent Governmentp. 190
The Official Political Process at Workp. 194
Iraq Looks into the Abyss of Civil Warp. 199
The Rise of Communal Identityp. 201
Taking the Gloves Offp. 203
Prospects for Stability, Prospects for Democracyp. 211
The Awakeningp. 214
Shi'a Maneuvering and Broader Political Developmentsp. 219
Development from the Bottom Upp. 235
Whither Transition?p. 241
The Lessons of Iraqi Transitionp. 244
The Broader Lessonsp. 248
Looking for the Future in Our Pastp. 253
Selected Bibliographyp. 257
Notesp. 261
Indexp. 315
About the Authorp. 321
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