The Legacy of Iraq

Author: Benjamin Isakhan
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

The Legacy of Iraq. Front cover.

The Legacy of Iraq critically reflects on the abject failure of the 2003 intervention to turn Iraq into a liberal democracy, underpinned by free-market capitalism, its citizens free to live in peace and prosperity. It argues that mistakes made by the coalition and the Iraqi political elite set a sequence of events in motion that have had devastating consequences for Iraq, the Middle East and for the rest of the world.

Today, as the nation faces perhaps its greatest challenge in the wake of the devastating advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and another US-led coalition undertakes renewed military action in Iraq, understanding the complex and difficult legacies of the 2003 war could not be more urgent. 

Ignoring the legacies of the Iraq war and denying their connection to contemporary events could means that vital lessons are ignored and the same mistakes made again.


About the author

Dr Benjamin Isakhan is a senior lecturer at Deakin University, and Convenor of the Middle East Studies Forum at Deakin University, Australia. Ben is the author of Democracy in Iraq: History, Politics and Discourse (Ashgate, 2012) and the editor of five books including The Edinburgh Companion to the History of Democracy (Edinburgh University Press, paperback 2015, hardback 2012).