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Occupying Iraq: a history of the Coalition Provisional Authority

Occupying Iraq: a history of the Coalition Provisional Authority

Dobbins, James, 1942-

"The American engagement in Iraq has been looked at from many perspectives: the flawed intelligence that provided the war's rationale, the failed effort to secure an international mandate, the rapid success of the invasion, and the long ensuing counterinsurgency campaign. This book focuses on the activities of the Coalition Provisional Authority and its administrator, L. Paul Bremer, who governed Iraq from May 2003 to June of the following year. It is based on interviews with many of those responsible for setting and implementing occupation policy, on the memoirs of American and Iraqi officials who have since left office, on journalists' accounts of the period, and on nearly 100,000 never-before-released CPA documents. The book recounts and evaluates the efforts of the United States and its coalition partners to restore public services, reform the judicial and penal systems, fight corruption, revitalize the economy, and create the basis for representative government. It also addresses the occupation's most striking failure: the inability of the United States and its coalition partners to protect the Iraqi people from the criminals and extremists in their midst."--Page 4 of cover

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Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND Corp 2009

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Statement of responsibility: James Dobbins [and others]
ISBN: 0833046659, 0833047248, 9780833046659, 9780833047243
Note: "MG-847-CC"--Page 4 of cover.
Note: "The research described in this report was sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and conducted within the International Security and Defense Policy Center of the RAND National Security Research Division."
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-340) and index.
Note: Print version record.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xlvi, 364 pages) : illustrations.
Series: RAND Corporation monograph series
Subject: Postwar reconstruction Iraq.; Postwar reconstruction.; Iraq Politics and government 2003-; Bremer, L. Paul.; Iraq.; HISTORY Military.; USA peacebuilding Iraq.; Coalition Provisional Authority.; POLITICAL SCIENCE International Relations General.; Politics and government
Series Title: Rand Corporation monograph series.
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access


  1. The origin of the CPA
  2. Building the CPA
  3. Creating the Governing Council
  4. Establishing security
  5. Governing Iraq
  6. Promoting the rule of law
  7. Growing the economy
  8. Running the CPA
  9. Promoting democracy
  10. Disarming militias and countering insurgents
  11. Exit and appraisal.