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How to get out of Iraq with integrity /
Brendan O'Leary.
imprint
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2009.
description
xii, 263 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0812242017 (acid-free paper), 9780812242010 (acid-free paper)
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imprint
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2009.
isbn
0812242017 (acid-free paper)
9780812242010 (acid-free paper)
contents note
The Bush administration's formal goals -- Bi-partisan Congressional goals for Iraq -- The imputed goals of the Bush administration -- Costs, sunk costs, and potential benefits -- Securing the Iraqi federation for all its peoples -- Respecting Iraq's constitutional integrity -- Respecting Iraq's territorial integrity -- Informing, calming, and working with the neighbors -- Cleaning up without ruling -- Appendix 1. On difficulties in counting deaths in Iraq -- Appendix 2. Xenophobia, sexism, in-group solidarity, traditional religiosity, and democratic dispositions in Iraq.
catalogue key
6798470
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [215]-247) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2009-09-01:
Any book written by O'Leary (Univ. of Pennsylvania), noted for his many scholarly studies on "right-sizing" the state via various federational structures, must be taken note of. In this book O'Leary employs his formidable intellect, directness, and wit to argue that Iraq should be "right-sized" by implementation of the 2005 constitution that O'Leary helped to write. He argues that the 2005 constitution's stipulation of strong provincial governing is the best mechanism to protect and to make governable the three major groups—Shi'a, Sunni, and Kurds--and the provinces they would govern. He also argues that the implementation of the 2005 constitution would provide provincial security permitting the main contesting groups to reach negotiated agreements. When such agreements are reached, the US could then draw down its forces with integrity. By integrity, O'Leary means that no main group's survival or ability to develop its provincial governing mandate would be jeopardized by a strong (Arab) central government--an issue of vital importance to the Kurds. The author fears that the US may not possess this integrity and will not heed those articles of the 2005 constitution stipulating a weak central government. For a different point of view, readers should consult Tom Ricks' The Gamble (2009). Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate, research, and professional collections. R. W. Olson University of Kentucky
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"Brendan O'Leary argues that, amid all the chaos, bloodshed, and mismanagement, the outstanding achievement of post-Saddam Iraq is the 2005 constitution. Hammered out between Iraqis without dictation by the Americans, it represents the only basis for an honorable American withdrawal--as long as the United States, Iraq's neighbors, and Iraqis themselves respect it and treat it as the indispensable template for a stable future, which Professor O'Leary convincingly argues that it is. This passionate and perceptive book should be required reading for the new Administration."--Martin Woollacott, Foreign Correspondent,The Guardian
"Brendan O'Leary argues that, amid all the chaos, bloodshed, and mismanagement, the outstanding achievement of post-Saddam Iraq is the 2005 constitution. Hammered out between Iraqis without dictation by the Americans, it represents the only basis for an honorable American withdrawal-as long as the United States, Iraq's neighbors, and Iraqis themselves respect it and treat it as the indispensable template for a stable future, which Professor O'Leary convincingly argues that it is. This passionate and perceptive book should be required reading for the new Administration."-Martin Woollacott, Foreign Correspondent, The Guardian
"Brendan O'Leary asks all Americans, whether they supported or opposed the Iraq war, to think very carefully about getting out. His tough-minded argument for withdrawal and his sober and wise design for an honorable exit deserve our closest attention."--Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University
"Brendan O'Leary asks all Americans, whether they supported or opposed the Iraq war, to think very carefully about getting out. His tough-minded argument for withdrawal and his sober and wise design for an honorable exit deserve our closest attention."-Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University
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"There is no reason why America's withdrawal from Iraq should be as dishonest as its intervention has been judged to be."--Brendan O'Leary, from the Preface Both the American people and Arab Iraqis have voiced their overwhelming desire to see U.S. troops removed from the country.How to Get Out of Iraq with Integrityargues that the U.S. military intervention in Iraq must come to an end. But it must come to an end in a judicious, pragmatic, and orderly fashion. In this book, Brendan O'Leary spells out why that withdrawal can begin to occur now, why it is in the best interests of the United States and the Iraqis that withdrawal occur, and why Iraq can function as a federation once the U.S. military has left the country.How to Get Out of Iraq with Integrityprovides an in-depth analysis of the new Iraqi constitution, an evaluation of the political goals and powers of the major ethnic and religious groups that will constitute the new Iraqi state, and an assessment of the regional realities of a Saddam-less Iraq. With a viable constitution and other institutional structures already in place, Iraq is poised for a future as a sovereign state. If U.S. leaders facilitate the remaking of Iraq as a federation with four or more regions instead of a recentralized state, the United States can begin successfully to remove its forces. Propelled by this incisive and bold argument,How to Get Out of Iraq with Integrityprovides the foundation for the incoming presidential administration to do just that, without betraying U.S. commitments to Arabs, Kurds, or democracy. To make his case, O'Leary draws on his extensive background as constitutional advisor to the Kurdistan Regional Government, the European Union, and the United Nations, along with expertise in constitutional design and ethnic reconciliation in Northern Ireland and South Africa.
Main Description
"There is no reason why America's withdrawal from Iraq should be as dishonest as its intervention has been judged to be."-Brendan O'Leary, from the Preface Both the American people and Arab Iraqis have voiced their overwhelming desire to see U.S. troops removed from the country. How to Get Out of Iraq with Integrityargues that the U.S. military intervention in Iraq must come to an end. But it must come to an end in a judicious, pragmatic, and orderly fashion. In this book, Brendan O'Leary spells out why that withdrawal can begin to occur now, why it is in the best interests of the United States and the Iraqis that withdrawal occur, and why Iraq can function as a federation once the U.S. military has left the country. How to Get Out of Iraq with Integrityprovides an in-depth analysis of the new Iraqi constitution, an evaluation of the political goals and powers of the major ethnic and religious groups that will constitute the new Iraqi state, and an assessment of the regional realities of a Saddam-less Iraq. With a viable constitution and other institutional structures already in place, Iraq is poised for a future as a sovereign state. If U.S. leaders facilitate the remaking of Iraq as a federation with four or more regions instead of a recentralized state, the United States can begin successfully to remove its forces. Propelled by this incisive and bold argument, How to Get Out of Iraq with Integrityprovides the foundation for the incoming presidential administration to do just that, without betraying U.S. commitments to Arabs, Kurds, or democracy. To make his case, O'Leary draws on his extensive background as constitutional advisor to the Kurdistan Regional Government, the European Union, and the United Nations, along with expertise in constitutional design and ethnic reconciliation in Northern Ireland and South Africa.
Bowker Data Service Summary
In 'How to Get Out of Iraq With Integrity', Brendan O'Leary charts a course of action for the incoming US administration based on his assessment that an orderly US withdrawal from Iraq, leaving behind a stable pro-Western government, is a realistic option in the immediate future.
Main Description
"There is no reason why America's withdrawal from Iraq should be as dishonest as its intervention has been judged to be."--Brendan O'Leary, from the Preface Both the American people and Arab Iraqis have voiced their overwhelming desire to see U.S. troops removed from the country.How to Get Out of Iraq with Integrityargues that the U.S. military intervention in Iraq must come to an end. But it must come to an end in a judicious, pragmatic, and orderly fashion. In this book, Brendan O'Leary spells out why that withdrawal can begin to occur now, why it is in the best interests of the United States and the Iraqis that withdrawal occur, and why Iraq can function as a federation once the U.S. military has left the country. How to Get Out of Iraq with Integrityprovides an in-depth analysis of the new Iraqi constitution, an evaluation of the political goals and powers of the major ethnic and religious groups that will constitute the new Iraqi state, and an assessment of the regional realities of a Saddam-less Iraq. With a viable constitution and other institutional structures already in place, Iraq is poised for a future as a sovereign state. If U.S. leaders facilitate the remaking of Iraq as a federation with four or more regions instead of a recentralized state, the United States can begin successfully to remove its forces. Propelled by this incisive and bold argument,How to Get Out of Iraq with Integrityprovides the foundation for the incoming presidential administration to do just that, without betraying U.S. commitments to Arabs, Kurds, or democracy. To make his case, O'Leary draws on his extensive background as constitutional advisor to the Kurdistan Regional Government, the European Union, and the United Nations, along with expertise in constitutional design and ethnic reconciliation in Northern Ireland and South Africa.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Evaluating the U.S.-Led Intervention in Iraqp. 1
The Bush Administration's Formal Goalsp. 5
The Bipartisan Congressional Goals for Iraqp. 24
The Imputed Goals of the Bush Administrationp. 32
The Case for a Substantive Withdrawalp. 47
Costs, Sunk Costs, and Potential Benefitsp. 51
Securing the Iraqi Federation for All Its Peoplesp. 76
Leaving with Integrityp. 101
Respecting Iraq's Constitutional Integrityp. 107
Respecting Iraq's Territorial Integrityp. 141
Informing, Calming, and Working with the Neighborsp. 164
Cleaning Up Without Rulingp. 190
On Difficulties in Counting Deaths in Iraqp. 207
Xenophobia, Sexism, In-Group Solidarity, Traditional Religiosity, and Democratic Dispositions in Iraqp. 211
Notesp. 215
Indexp. 249
Acknowledgments and Sourcesp. 261
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