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Squandered victory : the American occupation and the bungled effort to bring democracy to Iraq

Author: Larry Jay Diamond
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2006, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Owl books edView all editions and formats
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Stanford professor Larry Diamond provides a provocative and vivid inside account of the American effort to establish democracy in Iraq- and how it was hampered not only by insurgents and terrorists but also by a long chain of miscalculations, missed opportunities, and acts of ideological blindness that helped assure that the transition to independence would be neither peaceful nor entirely democratic. He reveals how  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Larry Jay Diamond
ISBN: 0805080082 9780805080087
OCLC Number: 65212567
Description: 395 pages : map ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction: The view from Babylon --
1. The call --
2. In search of a plan --
3. Mediation efforts --
4. The palace --
5. Promoting democracy --
6. Constitutions and compromises --
7. Salesmanship --
8. The second war --
9. Handing over --
10. What went wrong? --
11. Can Iraq become a democracy? --
Afterword.
Responsibility: Larry Diamond ; [with a new afterword by the author].

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Stanford professor Larry Diamond provides a provocative and vivid inside account of the American effort to establish democracy in Iraq- and how it was hampered not only by insurgents and terrorists but also by a long chain of miscalculations, missed opportunities, and acts of ideological blindness that helped assure that the transition to independence would be neither peaceful nor entirely democratic. He reveals how ideals were often trumped by power politics and U.S. officials routinely issued edicts that later had to be squared (at great cost) with Iraqi realities. In a new afterword, he weighs the prospects and conditions for stabilizing Iraq and shows how American policy since the handover of power has failed to overcome the shortsighted choices made during the fourteen months of the American occupation and the subsequent interim government.

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