Iraq

Recent Scholarly Publications

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State of Repression Iraq under Saddam Hussein

January 2019

A new account of modern Iraqi politics that overturns the conventional wisdom about its sectarian divisionsHow did Iraq become one of the most repressive dictatorships of the late twentieth century...

Sectarianism and Political Participation in Iraq

July 2013

This short paper addresses the relationship between sectarianism and political participation in Iraq.

Iraq: Between the Present and the Future

November 2011

Authoritarian State Building in the Middle East: From Durability to Revolution

February 2011

What accounts for variation in the durability of authoritarian regimes in the post-colonial Middle East?  This working paper presents a new explanation that underscores how the geopolitical...

Why Are There No Arab Democracies?

January 2010

(excerpt) During democratization’s “third wave,” democracy ceased being a mostly Western phenomenon and “went global.” When the third wave began in 1974, the world had only about 40 democracies,...

Geopolitics, Public Diplomacy and Soft Power

December 2009

In light of the ongoing ‘War on Terror’ and the occupation of Iraq, attention has turned again to how countries such as the United States and Britain can use ‘soft power’ to influence not only...

Domestic and International Influences on the Collapse of the Soviet Union (1991) and Russia's Initial Transition to Democracy (1993)

March 2009

Before the democracy promotion efforts of Iraq or Afghanistan in the early 21st century, there was the Soviet Union in the late 20th century.

A Win-Win U.S. Strategy for Dealing with Iran

December 2006

In an article written for the current issue of the Washington Quarterly by Larry Diamond, Michael McFaull and Abbas Milani, suggests that the U.S.

Electoral Systems and Democracy

July 2006

The newest volume in the acclaimed Journal of Democracy series addresses electoral systems and democracy.

What to Do in Iraq: A Roundtable

July 2006

In his trenchant analysis, Stephen Biddle ("Seeing Baghdad, Thinking Saigon," March/April 2006) argues that the escalating violence in Iraq is not a nationalist insurgency, as was the Vietnam War,...

Stabilizing Iraq: Options for Democracy, Security, and Development

May 2006

In March 2006, Stanford University's Center for Democracy Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) brought together 25 leading scholars and policymakers to discuss the political, security, and...

Is More Better? Evaluating External-Led State Building After 1989

April 2006

External-led state building is at the forefront of international security governance; it has been called "a growth industry"; and it is, against the backdrop of the US-led intervention in Iraq,...

Slide Rules: What Civil War Looks Like

March 2006

The article reports that by definition Iraq is in the midst of a civil war and has been ever since the first year of the "post-war" era in 2003.

Iraq and Democracy: The Lessons Learned

January 2006

LARRY DIAMOND, a Current History contributing editor, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and the author of Squandered Victory: The American Occupation and the...

Squandered Victory: The American Occupation and the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq

December 2005

In the fall of 2003, Stanford professor Larry Diamond received a call from Condoleezza Rice, asking if he would spend several months in Baghdad as an adviser to the American occupation authorities....

What Went Wrong and Right in Iraq

December 2005

Bestselling author Francis Fukuyama brings together esteemed academics, political analysts, and practitioners to reflect on the U.S.

Law, Just War, and the International Fight Against Terrorism: Is it War?

December 2005

Allen S.

Policy Coherence and Incoherence: The Domestic Politics of American Democracy Promotion

December 2005

This paper argues that it is difficult to understand the effects of American democracy promotion abroad without examining the bureaucratic context from which the policy emerges at home.

American Efforts at Promoting Regime Change in the Soviet Union and then Russia: Lessons Learned

December 2005

In this decade, fostering democratic regime change in Iraq is the great challenge (or folly) before American foreign policymakers.

Building Democracy After Conflict: Lessons from Iraq

January 2005

The U.S.-led reconstruction effort has so far failed to establish democratic institutions in Iraq.

Democracy Promotion as a World Value

January 2005

Since the September 11 attacks, President George W. Bush has rhetorically pledged to make the promotion of democracy abroad a primary objective of U.S.

What Went Wrong in Iraq?

September 2004

Although the early U.S. blunders in the occupation of Iraq are well known, their consequences are just now becoming clear.

Democratic Quality: Freedom and Rights

December 2003

For much of the past decade I have been engaged in assessing the level or quality of democracy in a number of countries, both for the UK Democratic Audit and for the International Institute for...

Power and Purpose: American Policy toward Russia after the Cold War

December 2003

Russia, once seen as America's greatest adversary, is now viewed by the United States as a potential partner.