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After Iraq: Anarchy and Renewal in the Middle East

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“The Iraqi state that was formed in the aftermath of the First World War has come to an end. Its successor state is struggling to be born in an environment of crises and chaos.”

---Ali Allawi, Iraq’s former Minister of Defense

Allawi is not exaggerating. The disastrous American invasion of Iraq that has led to the destruction of the Iraqi state and the subsequent defeat of U
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published February 19th 2008 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Peter Buren
Apr 07, 2011 Peter Buren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not about Iraq itself, though Dyer covers the political machinations through 2007, this book focuses on the unintended consequences of the US invasion on the broader Middle East. Dyer pulls no punches in suggesting the US unleashed fundamentalist forces and destabilized the Middle East, no support the troops stuff here. He points out other than the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the invasion of Iraq is the only other major regime change in recent Middle East history. More importantly, this upsettin ...more
Erik
Oct 10, 2015 Erik rated it it was amazing
An excellent analysis of the past, present, and future of the middle east with a specific focus on Iraq, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, and Israel.

Written in 2006-2007, Dyer is able to extrapolate the most likely future causes of middle east destabilization - basically predicting ISIL (sunni islamist factions taking advantage in syria and western iraq) would be likely scenario.

Dyer definitely knows his stuff and also writes well. He pulls no punches here. For americans used to only hearing a unilater
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Graham
Mar 01, 2012 Graham rated it it was amazing
As soon as I finished this book I felt like flipping it over and starting again. I dont feel that way about many books... but this was one of them.
Ive never read a book that criticises American foreign policy in such a brutal fashion. Its whats out there in the public domain but this book has put it in some sort of logical order and looks at the bigger picture in the region (Not just Iraq)
Although this book is dated a tad (1st pulished in 2007)Its interesting to see how true a lot of the authors
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Penny
Apr 09, 2008 Penny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
vERY THOUGHT PROVOKING BOOK, MAKES YOU THINK MORE ABOUT THE REASONS THAT COUNTRIES DO WHAT THEY DO FOR WHat they consider to ber the best for themselves and do not see the far reaching consequences of their actions
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Gwynne Dyer, OC is a London-based independent Canadian journalist, syndicated columnist and military historian.

Dyer was born in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador (then the Dominion of Newfoundland) and joined the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve at the age of sixteen. While still in the naval reserve, he obtained a BA in history from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1963; an MA in military h
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