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IRAQ - From War to a New Authoritarianism

LSE IDEAS and LSE International Relations Department Book Launch

Monday 21January 2013, 6.30-8.00pm, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Dr Toby Dodge, Chair: Professor Arne Westad

The 2003 invasion of Iraq was undertaken to dismantle a regime that had long threatened its own population and regional peace, as well as to establish a stable, democratic state in the heart of the Middle East. In his latest book, Toby Dodge looks at the legacy of that intervention.  He analyses the evolution of the insurgency, the descent into civil war and the ‘surge’ as a counter-insurgency strategy and examines US and Iraqi efforts to reconstruct the state’s military and civilian capacity. He concludes by arguing that Iraq is heading back into authoritarianism under Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

Praise for 'IRAQ - From War to a New Authoritarianism'

'Toby Dodge is one of the smartest Iraq analysts around. Read this book.'
Thomas E. Ricks, author of Fiasco: the American Military Adventure in Iraq and The Gamble: General Petraeus and the Untold Story of the American Surge in Iraq, 2006-2008

'A searching analysis of Iraq's tortured history since the 2003 US/UK invasion. Toby Dodge's study is a searing dissection of modern Iraqi politics which consolidates his reputation as a leading scholar on the country and the region.'
Lord Michael Williams, PhD, UK Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, 2006-07, and UN Under Secretary-General, Middle East, 2007-11

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. 

Book sales and a post event reception will take place outside the Wolfson Theatre at 8.00pm. All event guests are invited to attend.

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Dr Toby Dodge is author of IRAQ - From War to a New Authoritarianism, Deputy Director of LSE IDEAS and Reader in International Relations at the LSE. 




Professor Arne Westad is Director of LSE IDEAS.


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