Losing Iraq: Inside the Postwar Reconstruction Fiasco

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Basic Books, 2009 M04 28 - 304 pages
Things didn't go wrong in postwar Iraq because the United States lacked a plan. Things went wrong because the United States was blinded by ideology and ignored planning that was already underway. Losing Iraq tells the story of the tragedy of Iraq, from the first discreet meetings to plan the political transition through the debacle the United States finally created. Losing Iraq is a stunning and revealing look at our recent past--with a candid take on how we can prevent this sort of tragedy from happening again.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Drums of War
13
2 Iraqi Kurdistan
21
3 The Future of Iraq Project
35
4 Interagency Relations
41
5 Breaking the Ice
45
6 The Principals Committee
55
7 Ahmad Chalabi
67
14 DeBaathification
143
15 Occupation
155
16 SelfRule
169
17 The Interim Constitution
185
18 Fighting on Two Fronts
195
19 The Handover
205
Epilogue
215
Lessons in NationBuilding
225

8 Wilton Park
77
9 The Opposition Conference
89
10 The Enemy of My Enemy
103
11 A War Within a War
111
12 Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance
121
13 Basic Nihilistic Impulse
133
Acronyms
239
Timeline of Major Events
241
Personalities
247
Notes
255
Index
275
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David L. Phillips is Director of the Nobel Laureates Initiative at the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. He is also a Visiting Scholar at Harvard's Center for Middle East Studies, and Program Director of American University's Center for Global Peace. He lives in New York City.

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