The Iraq War and Democratic Politics contains the work of leading scholars concerned with the political implications of the Iraq War and its relationship to and significance for democracy. The book shuns simplistic analysis and provides a nuanced and critical overview of this key moment in global politics. Subjects covered include:
* the underlying moral and political issues raised by the war
* US foreign policy and the Middle East
* the fundamental dilemmas and contradictions of democratic intervention
* how the war was perceived in the UK, EU and US
* the challenges of creating democracy inside Iraq
* the influential role of NGOs
* the legitimacy of the war within international law
* the relationship between democratic government and intelligence.
'Without exception the articles are worth reading.' - Asian Affairs
'The editors and contributors have produced a useful starting point for an analysis of the key aspects of the most contentious issue of the twenty-first century.'
- Cambridge Journal
Introduction: The Iraq War and Democratic Politics John MacMillan 2. The Global Setting: US Foreign Policy and the Future of the Middle East Richard Falk 3. Bush's War: The Iraq Conflict and American Democracy John Dumbrell 4. The Neo-cons: Neo-conservative Thinking Since the O nset of the Iraq War Dan Plesch 5. The United Kingdom Dan Keohane 6. The European Dimension John Vogler 7. Turkey: Democratic Legitimacy Christopher Brewin 8. 'It seemed the best thing to be up and go': On the Legal Case for Invading Iraq Patrick Thornberry 9. The Transition to Democracy in Iraq: Historical Legacies, Resurgent Identities and Reactionary Tendencies Gareth Stansfield 10. The Democratic Transition in Iraq and the Discovery of its Limitations Glen Rangwala 11. Iraq, Political Reconstruction and Liberal Theory John Horton and Yoke-Lian Lee 12. Afghanistan and Iraq: Failed States, or Democracy on Hold? Iftikhar H. Malik 13. The Iraq Body Count Project: Civil Society and the Democratic Deficit John Sloboda and Hamit Dardagan 14. Story Development, or, Walter Mitty the Undefeated Alex Danchev Index