Lessons of the Iraqi De-Ba'athification Program for Iraq's Future and the Arab Revolutions
ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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In December 2011, the last U.S. combat troops were withdrawn from Iraq after an almost 9-year presence in that country. This day was welcomed by the U.S. public after years of sacrifice and struggle to build a new Iraq. Yet, the Iraq that U.S. troops have left at the insistence of its government remains a deeply troubled nation. Often Iraqi leaders view political issues in sharply sectarian terms, and national unity is elusive. The Iraqi political system was organized by both the United States and Iraq, although over time, U.S. influence diminished and Iraqi influence increased. In this monograph, Dr. W. Andrew Terrill examines the policies of de-Baathification as initiated by the U.S.- led Coalition Provision Authority CPA under Ambassador L. Paul Bremer and as practiced by various Iraqi political commissions and entities created under the CPA order.
- Government and Political Science