ISBN : 9780195398595
The Iraq Papers will be the most comprehensive and best-organized document collection of America's misadventure in Iraq. The editors have organized the book around the concept of pre-emption, a policy that represented a significant break with past American foreign policy. The editors locate the intellectual origins of pre-emption in neoconservative writings from the early 1990s, and then trace how the logic of pre-emption played out across a number of arenas in the first decade of the twenty first century: the war itself, America's relationship with its allies and the UN, its dealings with Iraqi society and successive Iraqi governments after 2003, and domestic policy in the Bush-era United States. They close with a chapter on the limits of American policy as it moves into the Obama era. There are eleven chapters in total, and ten will feature a representative selection of the most important documents relating to the origins of the war-including prominent writings by early neoconservative advocates for invasion-and the war's impact on Iraq, America, and the world. Covering more than a decade, The Iraq Papers will be a definitive source for anyone interested in understanding this enormously complicated and difficult conflict.
NOTE TO READERS
PART I: POLICY OF PREEMPTION
1. From Containment to Preemptive War: Iraq and the U.S. in a Unipolar Moment
2. Organizing for Preemptive War: Iraq and the Presidency of George W. Bush
3. International Reaction to the War
4. Liberators or Occupiers? The Coalition Provisional Authority
5. Insurgency, Counterinsurgency, or Civil War?
PART II: CONSEQUENCES OF A PREEMPTIVE WAR
6. Democracy from Above or Below?
7. Imposing Free Markets? Oil and Privatization
8. Human Rights and International Law: U.S. Methods and Operations
9. Policing Terror vs. a War on Terror
10. : Effects on U.S Democracy
11. The Limits of Preemption: The United States in the World