Iraq

Scholarly Publications

"New Missions, New Challenges, 2005-2008" (chapter in the book Truth to Power)

July 2019

Truth to Power, the first-ever history of the U.S. National Intelligence Council (NIC), is told through the reflections of its eight Chairs in the period from the end of the Cold War until 2017.

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...

Unclear Physics: Why Iraq and Libya Failed to Build Nuclear Weapons

September 2016

 In Unclear Physics, Malfrid Braut-Hegghammer tells the story of the Iraqi and Libyan programs from their origins in the late 1950s and 1960s until their dismantling.

Other Publications

Is There a Sunni Solution to ISIS?

November 2015

David Ignatius calls for reconciliation among Iraqi Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurds. Blaydes and Crenshaw argue that this oversimplifies the bargain that needs to be struck.

How — and why — the US must support Iraq

June 2014

As ISIL insurgents in Iraq move south, CISAC Affiliate Anja Manuel urges an end to U.S. inaction in this Reuters blog post. Manuel argues that U.S.

Security Sector Reform in an Unstable, Fragile State (II/III)

January 2013

The policy brief examines two obstacles to effective security sector reform in an unstable and fragile state and outlines steps to address them.

News

With two American soldiers dead in Iraq, how will the U.S. respond?

March 2020

On Wednesday night, U.S.-led coalition forces based out of Camp Taji north of Baghdad came under intense rocket fire. The attack killed three coalition personnel, two American and one British.

ARD Conference Examines Authoritarian Upgrading, Popular Uprisings and Foreign Interventions in the Middle East

October 2019

CDDRL’s Program on Arab Reform and Democracy held its annual conference at Stanford University on October 11 and 12, titled “The Struggle for Political Change in the Arab World.” The conference is...

In First-Ever History of the National Intelligence Council, Thomas Fingar Recounts His Tenure as Chair

July 2019

Formed in 1979, the National Intelligence Council (NIC) works to provide policymakers with the U.S. intelligence community’s best judgments on crucial international issues.

Events

The United States: From Reluctant Democracy Support in the Middle East to Authoritarian Enabler

April 13, 2020

ABSTRACTDemocracy promotion has been a longstanding goal of US foreign policy in the Middle East and elsewhere. President George W.

Defector Militias as Tools of Social Fragmentation: Evidence from Ba‘thist Iraq and Sudan

November 25, 2019

Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/XFFT74SvaCM Abstract: Pro-government militias have become a regular dimension of counterinsurgency operations, serving governments in fighting rebels locally....

Iraq: Past, Present, Future

September 20, 2019

*Due to space constraints, space is limited. If you have RSVP'd for this event and can no longer attend, please notify Emilie Silva (emilieds@stanford.edu). Agenda8:30 a.m.

Projects

Empirical Studies of Conflict

The Empirical Studies of Conflict Project (ESOC) addresses critical challenges to international security through methodologically rigorous, evidence-based analyses of insurgency, civil war and...
English

Political Participation, Pluralism, and Citizenship Rights in the Arab World

Processes of democratic transition in today’s Arab world carry with them both challenges and opportunities for pluralism and citizenship rights, particularly with respect to the political...
English

Stanford Ethics & War Series (2010-2011)

The Bowen H.
English

Multimedia

Stanford Scholar Examines Sectarianism and Urban Segregation in Baghdad

February 2016

As part of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy speaker series, Director of The Markaz: Resource Center Mona Damluji examined the impact of the US-led occupation of Iraq on sectarian-based urban segregation in Baghdad.

The Paradoxes of Political Aid in the Arab World

May 2015

AbstractEuropean and US-based scholars and practitioners have debated the purposes and sometimes the (limited) macro-effects of programs designed to promote transitions from authoritarianism to democracy in Middle East countries.

People

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