The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace

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Yale University Press, Oct 1, 2008 - History - 544 pages
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Involved for over thirty years in the politics of Iraq, Ali A. Allawi was a long-time opposition leader against the Baathist regime. In the post-Saddam years he has held important government positions and participated in crucial national decisions and events. In this book, the former Minister of Defense and Finance draws on his unique personal experience, extensive relationships with members of the main political groups and parties in Iraq, and deep understanding of the history and society of his country to answer the baffling questions that persist about its current crises. What really led the United States to invade Iraq, and why have events failed to unfold as planned?
The Occupation of Iraq examines what the United States did and didn't know at the time of the invasion, the reasons for the confused and contradictory policies that were enacted, and the emergence of the Iraqi political class during the difficult transition process. The book tracks the growth of the insurgency and illuminates the complex relationships among Sunnis, Shias, and Kurds. Bringing the discussion forward to the reconfiguration of political forces in 2006, Allawi provides in these pages the clearest view to date of the modern history of Iraq and the invasion that changed its course in unpredicted ways.
 

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This work is from an Iraqi monarchist's (p. ix) point of view. He makes no apologies for this elitist position and plays upon sympathies for those who buy his point that his life had to change in an ... Read full review

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Allawi is at his best in explicating the deep structures of Iraqi society and in examining the relations between the various players in the game of Shia politics in Iraq. He also expresses a deep ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
Chapter 1 The Great Divides
17
Chapter 2 The Rise of the Opposition
39
Chapter 3 The Buildup to War
62
Chapter 4 The Invasion
77
Chapter 5 Occupation Authorities
96
Chapter 6 A Collapsed State a Ruined Economy a Damaged Society
114
Chapter 7 Deepening Rifts in a Brittle Society
132
Chapter 15 April 2004 the Turning Point
266
Chapter 16 The Interim Iraqi Government
280
Chapter 17 Arabs and Persians
294
Chapter 18 Showdown at the Shrine
316
Chapter 19 To Hold or Abort an Election
334
Chapter 20 Corruption and the Potemkin State
348
Chapter 21 Iraqi Society on the Eve of Free Elections
370
Chapter 22 The Vote
388

Chapter 8 Dismantling the Baathist State
147
Chapter 9 The Formation of the Governing Council and the Rise of the Insurgency
163
Chapter 10 The Shadow of Real Power
190
Chapter 11 The Enigma of Ayatollah Sistani
204
Chapter 12 A Constitution in Waiting
219
Chapter 13 The Fires of Sectarian Hatreds
233
Chapter 14 A Marshall Plan for Iraq?
249
Chapter 23 Negotiating a Constitution
403
Chapter 24 Crises and the Jaafari Government
418
Chapter 25 Into Uncharted Waters
436
Epilogue
453
Notes
461
Index
494
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