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Author Cordesman, Anthony H., author

Title Iraq in crisis / authors, Anthony H. Cordesman, Sam Khazai
Published Washington, DC : Center for Strategic and International Studies ; Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 388 pages) : color illustrations, color maps
Contents Introduction -- Violence in Iraq : the growing risk of serious civil conflict -- Violence and casualty trend estimates through 2012 -- The 2013 surge in violence and nascent civil war -- Iraq's crisis in leadership and politics -- The impact of failed governance -- Sect, ethnicity, demographics and political competition by key faction -- The rebirth of Al Qaeda -- Other extremist non-state actors, Syria, and Iran -- Shaping Iraq's security forces -- Iraq's economy and the search for stability -- Iraq's petroleum challenges
Summary Iraq is a nation in crisis bordering on civil war in 2014. The country now faces growing violence, a steady rise in Sunni Islamist extremism, an increasingly authoritarian leader that favors Iraq's Sunnis, and growing ethnic tension between Arabs and Kurds. The recent Iraqi election offers little promise that it can correct the corruption, the weaknesses in its security forces, and the critical failures in governance, economic development, and leadership. The problems Iraq faces in 2014 are a legacy of mistakes made during and after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, but increasingly the nation is dealing with the self-inflicted wounds of its leaders who abuse human rights, repress opposing factions, and misuse the Iraqi police and security forces to their own end. This book traces the history of these problems and projects current trends. It supports its narrative analysis with the latest data from the World Bank, United Nations, Transparency International, the Congressional Research Service, International Crisis Group, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, U.S. Census Bureau, and others to aggregate a comprehensive picture of Iraq's real-world security, economic, energy, ethnic, political, resource, and development challenges
Notes "May 2014."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 350-388)
Notes Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (CSIS, viewed June 6, 2014)
Subject Internal security -- Iraq.
Violence -- Iraq.
Iraq -- Economic conditions -- 21st century.
Iraq -- Politics and government -- 2003-
Iraq -- Population.
Form Electronic book
Author Khazai, Sam, author
Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, D.C.), publisher
ISBN 1442228563 (electronic bk.)
9781442228566 (electronic bk.)