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The removal of the regime of Saddam Hussein and the reconstruction of the
Iraqi state were critical components of US foreign policy towards the Middle
East in the aftermath of 9/11. It was hoped that Iraq, free from the oppression
of Saddam's tyranny, would be transformed into a beacon of democracy in the
Middle East. Iraq has indeed been transformed, but into a zone of instability.
With Saddam's regime no more, Iraq has turned into a morass of competing
ethno-sectarian political and social forces, in stark contrast to the views
expressed by Western and Middle Eastern commentators alike before the US-led
invasion, who commonly believed in the strength of Iraqi nationalism. Why did
this fragmentation occur? Have Sunni-Shii tensions always been present? Are the
Kurds seeking secession, or accommodation within the state? What has been the
social and political impact of years of dictatorship, war and hardship? And why
have US attempts to restructure the Iraqi state resulted in Iraq being on the
verge of becoming a failed state, rather than the first democratic domino in
the Middle East?
In this timely new book, Gareth Stansfield explores these questions and frames
them in an analysis which takes into account Iraq's diverse society, and the
geopolitical interventions of regional states and great powers. He concludes
with an assessment of Iraq since the removal of Saddam.