Partitioning for Peace: An Exit Strategy for Iraq

Partitioning for Peace: An Exit Strategy for Iraq

by Ivan Eland
     
 

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Combining a history of Iraq and its dominant sects with an acute awareness of the political machinations fomenting worldwide and in the current U.S. administration, this keen social and political analysis offers a practical exit strategy for American armed forces in Iraq. Since the history of violence in multi-ethno-sectarian states indicates that such conflicts… See more details below

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Combining a history of Iraq and its dominant sects with an acute awareness of the political machinations fomenting worldwide and in the current U.S. administration, this keen social and political analysis offers a practical exit strategy for American armed forces in Iraq. Since the history of violence in multi-ethno-sectarian states indicates that such conflicts usually resurface once an occupying force leaves, a solution to end the violence and stabilize the country must be geographically reasonable for rival sectarian interests.

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Publishers Weekly

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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"[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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ISBN-13:
9781598131253
Publisher:
Independent Institute, The
Publication date:
04/24/2009
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
1 MB

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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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