Intervention, Ethnic Conflict and State-Building in Iraq
A Paradigm for the Post-Colonial State
By Michael Rear
Routledge – 2008 – 280 pages
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.
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