External intervention by the U.N. and other actors in ethnic conflicts has interfered with the state-building process in post-colonial states. Rear examines the 1991 uprisings in Iraq and demonstrates how this intervention has contributed to the problems with democratization experienced in the post-Saddam era. This timely work will appeal to scholars of International Relations and Middle East studies, as well as those seeking greater insight into the current conflict in Iraq.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Literature Review 1. Theories of Ethnic Identification and Conflict 2. Approaches to the State-Building Process 3. The Role of UN Peacekeeping in Ethnic Conflicts Part 2: Theory-Building 4. The State-Centric Model and its Critics 5. Ethnic Conflict and the State-Building Process: Toward an Integrated Theory for a Global, Post-Cold War Era 6. Globalization, the End of the Cold War, Increasing State Failure, and Ethnic Mobilization 7. Ethnic Conflict, State-Building, and UN Peacekeeping: An Integrated Theory for the Post-Cold War Era Part 3: Case Study 8. Patterns of State Formation in the Middle East and Western Europe: A Comparison 9. W(h)ither Iraq? The Impact of Intervention in Ethnic Conflicts upon the State-Building Process Part 4: Conclusion 10. Conclusion
Michael Rear is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Touro College and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Hofstra University