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Iraq, the Failed State: How a Decade of State Building Came to Nothing

This summer, Iraq made an unwelcome reappearance at the front pages of newspapers around the world, with stories regarding sectarian strife, a leadership crisis in Baghdad and the rise of the Islamic State in the north. It had only been two-and-a-half years since US President Barack Obama ended American operations in that country, claiming that his forces had made an “extraordinary achievement”. Back then, ...

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