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Iraq, Its Neighbors, and the United States: Competition, Crisis, and the Reordering of Power

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Iraq, Its Neighbors, and the United States: Competition, Crisis, and the Reordering of Power
Iraq, Its Neighbors, and the United States: Competition, Crisis, and the Reordering of Power
Edited by Henri J. Barkey, Scott B. Lasensky, and Phebe Marr
United States Institute of Peace Press, 2011, 300 pp. $19.95 Purchase

Ten seasoned experts take their turns describing the changes wrought by the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and the changes still under way, nine years into the post–Saddam Hussein era. Individual chapters are devoted to the Iraq-related diplomacy of the Gulf states, Iran, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Turkey. Concluding essays address Iraq in the context of Arab political reform and consider the U.S. role in Iraq. This book bears out the dictum, expressed some decades ago by an Arab diplomat but still valid, that in the Middle East, everything is linked to everything else. According to the editors, the United States should pursue “increased engagement with Iraq’s neighbors” and avoid heavy-handed involvement in the region, which could “undermine steps Iraqis and the neighbors need to take to reconcile.”

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