Partitioning for Peace: An Exit Strategy for Iraq

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Combining a history of Iraq and its dominant sects with an acute awareness of the political machinations fomenting worldwide, this keen military analysis offers a practical exit strategy for U.S. armed forces in Iraq—partitioning, a unique strategy that has been successful in other chaotic political situations.

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Overview

Combining a history of Iraq and its dominant sects with an acute awareness of the political machinations fomenting worldwide, this keen military analysis offers a practical exit strategy for U.S. armed forces in Iraq—partitioning, a unique strategy that has been successful in other chaotic political situations.

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"[Argues] that a partition plan is the least-worst approach to a post-occupation Iraq . . . Mr. Eland acknowledges that partition will not be easy, and . . . he offers 15 guidelines for those seeking a confederation (modeled after the European Union)."  —Orange County Register
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Eland (The Empire Has No Clothes) contends that the only workable solution in Iraq is a partition "into a confederation of autonomous regions or into independent successor states" in this slim polemic. The author asserts that Iraq is an artificial state that has been held together only by "iron-fisted rulers" like Saddam; wracked by "ethno-sectarian, tribal, and clan fissures" it faces "a massive civil war" without a negotiated partition. After a historical survey of partitions-from Poland to Yugoslavia-Eland draws 15 lessons that can be applied to Iraq. But many of Eland's suggestions will work in Iraq's case only if some problematic concession is made, e.g., "if the Iraqi Kurds give up any attempt to absorb Kirkuk." A "unified democratic government" in Iraq might be "impossible" and partition the only viable solution as the author claims. Indeed, a partial de facto partition among Kurds, Sunni and Shiites already exists. But Eland undermines his credibility by focusing on conditions before 2005 and either ignoring or misrepresenting more recent progress. A case can be made for Iraq's eventual partition, but Eland's superficial brief isn't it. (May)

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Orange County Register
[Argues] that a partition plan is the least-worst approach to a post-occupation Iraq . . . Mr. Eland acknowledges that partition will not be easy, and . . . he offers 15 guidelines for those seeking a confederation (modeled after the European Union).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598130256
  • Publisher: Independent Institute, The
  • Publication date: 4/24/2009
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ivan Eland is a senior fellow and director of the Center on Peace and Liberty at The Independent Institute, a former director of defense policy studies at the Cato Institute, and a former principal defense analyst with the Congressional Budget Office. He is the author of The Empire Has No Clothes and Recarving Rushmore. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the Chicago Tribune, Northwestern Journal of International Affairs, and The Washington Post, and on television programs such as ABC's World New Tonight, CNN's Crossfire, and Fox News. He lives in Washington, DC.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The History of a Fractured Land 5

2 The Current Instability in Iraq 33

3 The Best Alternatives: Partition or Confederation 53

4 Implementation 75

5 Conclusion 117

Notes 120

Index 129

About the Author 137

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