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War in Iraq
Planning and Execution

ISBN 9780415545242
Published June 29, 2009 by Routledge
284 Pages

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Book Description

This volume provides a collection of insightful essays on all phases of the Iraq War: both US-led major combat operations to defeat the Ba’athist regime as well as efforts to reconstruct the country and defeat the insurgency.

Written by leading scholars on the Iraq War, many of whom have practical first-hand experience of the war, the book includes a Conclusion by leading US strategic thinker Eliot Cohen. This is the first work on the Iraq War to incorporate an understanding of the Iraqi side of the war, based on a systematic analysis of captured Iraqi archives.

War in Iraq will be of great interest to students of the Iraq War, small wars and insurgencies, international security and strategic studies in general.

Table of Contents

Introduction Thomas A. Keaney and Thomas G. Mahnken  Part 1: Defeating the Regime and Occupying Iraq  1. American Anabasis: The United States Army's Entry into War in Iraq Isaiah Wilson  2. Iraqi Military Effectiveness Kevin M. Woods, with Michael R. Pease, Mark E. Stout, Williamson Murray and James G. Lacey  3. The Afghan Model in Northern Iraq Richard Andres  4. Deep Attack against Iraq: Precision Weapon, Cyber Attack and the Future of War Richard Andres  5. Doomed Execution: Iraq and its War Plan Kevin M. Woods, with Michael R. Pease, Mark E. Stout, Williamson Murray and James G. Lacey  6. Mission Not Accomplished: What Went Wrong with Iraqi Reconstruction Nora Bensahel  Part 2: Reconstructing Iraq and Countering the Insurgency  7. Origins, Causes, and Evolution of the Iraqi Insurgency, 2003-06 Ahmed Hashim  8. Signaling Resolve and the First Battle of Fallujah Carter Malkasian  9. Counterinsurgency in Iraq - The Karbala Model Peter R. Mansoor  10. Extinguishing the Insurgency in Iraq: A Civil Affairs Perspective John Ballard  11. The U.S. Army and Counterinsurgency in Iraq Kalev I. Sepp  12. Rediscovering the Way of Lawrence, Some Thoughts on Postmodern Planning Isaiah Wilson.  Conclusion: The Iraq War in Context Eliot A. Cohen

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Thomas G. Mahnken is a Visiting Fellow at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at The Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is the author of Uncovering Ways of War: U.S. Intelligence and Foreign Military Innovation, 1918-1941 (Cornell University Press, 2002) and (with James R. FitzSimonds) of The Limits of Transformation: Officer Attitudes toward the Revolution in Military Affairs (Naval War College Press, 2003). He is the editor (with Emily O. Goldman) of The Information Revolution in Military Affairs in Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and (with Richard K. Betts) of Paradoxes of Strategic Intelligence: Essays in Honor of Michael I. Handel (Frank Cass, 2003). He is co-editor of the Journal of Strategic Studies.

Thomas Keaney is the executive director of the Foreign Policy Institute at SAIS. Previously, he was a professor of military strategy at the National War College, Washington DC, and director of its core courses on military thought and strategy. A retired colonel from the Air Force, he holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan.