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Iraq synthesis paper: understanding the drivers of conflict in Iraq

Dodge, Toby and Kaya, Zeynep and Luchtenberg, Kyra N. and Mathieu-Comtois, Sarah and Saleh, Bahra and van den Toorn, Christine and Turpin-King, Andrea and Watkins, Jessica (2018) Iraq synthesis paper: understanding the drivers of conflict in Iraq. Middle East Centre paper series, LSE Middle East Centre, London, UK.

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It has now been over a year since the liberation of Mosul by Iraqi government forces in July 2017. The aftermath of this successful military campaign clearly represents a window of opportunity where a sudden reduction in politically motivated violence offers the Government of Iraq and its allies the opportunity to deal with long-term underlying drivers of instability that have repeatedly given rise to organised violence since 2003. However, as the examples of 2003 and 2007, along with the rapid reconstitution of ISIS after 2017 indicate, if these underlying drivers are not properly identified and mediated through accurately targeted policy interventions, then a return to the levels of organised violence that have dominated Iraq for the majority of the last fifteen years is likely. This paper is an attempt to identify those underlying drivers of conflict using the Conflict Research Programme’s four key analytical concepts – moral populism, the political marketplace, public authority and ‘civicness’.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2018 The Authors
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Research centres and groups > Middle East Centre
Research centres and groups > Conflict Research Group
Series: Working Papers > Middle East Centre Paper Series
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2018 11:33
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2018 11:37
Funders: UK Aid

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