Occupying Iraq: A History of the Provisional Authority

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The American engagement in Iraq has been looked at from many perspectives, to include examination of the flawed intelligence that provided the war's rationale, the failed effort to secure an international mandate, the rapid success of the invasion, and the long ensuing counterinsurgency campaign. This compelling new book focuses on the activities of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) and its Administrator, L. Paul Bremer. The book also includes interviews with many of those in Baghdad and Washington ...

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Occupying Iraq: A History of the Coalition Provisional Authority

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Overview

The American engagement in Iraq has been looked at from many perspectives, to include examination of the flawed intelligence that provided the war's rationale, the failed effort to secure an international mandate, the rapid success of the invasion, and the long ensuing counterinsurgency campaign. This compelling new book focuses on the activities of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) and its Administrator, L. Paul Bremer. The book also includes interviews with many of those in Baghdad and Washington responsible for setting and implementing occupation policy, on the memoirs of American and Iraqi officials who have since left office, on journalist accounts of the period, and on tens of thousands of internal and recently unclassified CPA documents, to which the authors were allowed access.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780833046659
  • Publisher: Rand Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/15/2009
  • Pages: 275
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

James Dobbins (Georgetown School of Foreign Service) is director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at RAND. A veteran diplomat who has held senior White House and State Department positions under four presidents, he most recently served as the Bush administration's special envoy for Afghanistan. He served as U.S. special envoy for Kosovo, Bosnia, Haiti, and Somalia. Ambassador Dobbins has held a variety of State Department and White House posts, including Assistant Secretary of State for Europe, Special Assistant to the President for the Western Hemisphere, Special Adviser to the President and Secretary of State for the Balkans, and Ambassador to the European Community.

Seth G. Jones (PhD, Political Science, University of Chicago) is a senior researcher at RAND. Areas of expertise include the Middle East, Arab-Israeli peace process, and European security.

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Table of Contents

Preface iii

Figures xi

Summary xiii

Abbreviations xlv

Chapter 1 The Origin of the CPA 1

Chapter 2 Building the CPA 11

Legal Basis 12

The Chain of Command 14

Staffing and Organization 20

Early Decisions 28

Conclusion 28

Chapter 3 Creating the Governing Council 31

Forming the Governance Team 32

Planning for an Iraqi Interim Authority 34

From Interim Authority to Governing Council 39

Conclusion 47

Chapter 4 Establishing Security 51

Disbanding the Army 52

Building the New Army 61

Reforming the Police 71

Dealing with Neighbors: Iran, Syria, and Turkey 81

Iran 82

Syria 87

Turkey 89

Countering the Insurgency 92

Conclusion 102

Chapter 5 Governing Iraq 107

De-Ba'athification 112

Electricity 119

Health Care 126

Education 130

Local Government 137

Conclusion 145

Chapter 6 Promoting the Rule of Law 149

Establishing the Judiciary 153

War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity 158

Capturing Saddam 161

Handling Detainees 164

Abu Ghraib 167

Fighting Corruption 173

Charges of CPA Financial Mismanagement 177

Oil for Food 182

Freedom of the Press 186

Conclusion 195

Chapter 7 Growing the Economy 197

Macroeconomic Stabilization 198

Issuing New Currency 203

Reforming the Banks 205

Debt Relief 211

Promoting Foreign Investment 212

Reducing Subsidies 217

Energy 217

Food 220

State-Owned Enterprises 223

Expanding Employment 227

Promoting Long-Term Development 233

Conclusion 238

Chapter 8 Running the CPA 243

Staffing Shortages 244

Difficulties in Coordination 253

Funding Constraints 254

Inadequate Outreach 257

Reorganizing the CPA 260

Conclusion 263

Chapter 9 Promoting Democracy 265

SevenSteps to Sovereignty 266

Stepping on the Gas 271

Building Iraqi Capacity 275

Working at the Grassroots 282

The Return of the United Nations 286

Drafting an Interim Constitution 289

Conclusion 294

Chapter 10 Disarming Militias and Countering Insurgents 297

Muqtada al-Sadr 297

Fallujah 307

Disarming Militias 315

Conclusion 320

Chapter 11 Exit and Appraisal 323

Mission Accomplished or Mission Impossible? 326

Bibliography 335

Index 341

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