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Security in Iraq: a framework for analyzing emerging threats as U.S. forces leave

Security in Iraq: a framework for analyzing emerging threats as U.S. forces leave

Gompert, David C; Watkins, Jessica; Kelly, Terrence K

A critical question surrounding the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq is Iraq's internal security and stability. Although the U.S. withdrawal plan is designed with care to avoid weakening Iraq's security, the end of U.S. occupation may alter the strategies of the main Iraqi political actors, each of which has enough armed power to be able to shatter Iraq's domestic peace. In view of the potential for insecurity in Iraq, the United States cannot afford to take a passive or reactive stance. To anticipate dangers and act purposefully, U.S. policy-makers need a dynamic analytic framework with which to examine the shifting motivations and capabilities of the actors that affect Iraq's security. This monograph offers such a framework

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Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND 2010

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Statement of responsibility: David C. Gompert, Terrence K. Kelly, Jessica Watkins
ISBN: 0833050273, 9780833047717, 9780833050274
Note: Print version record.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 57-71).
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xxiv, 71 pages) : illustrations (some color).
Series: Rand Corporation monograph series
Subject: Iraq War (2003-2011); Iraq.; Internal security.; Internal security Iraq.; Iraq Military policy.; Politics and government; United States.; security Iraq.; Disengagement (Military science); Armed Forces.; Military policy.; National security.; United States Armed Forces.; POLITICAL SCIENCE International Relations General.; TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING Military Science.; Iraq Politics and government 2003-; Iraq War, 2003-2011.; HISTORY Military Other.; National security Iraq.; United States Military policy.
Alternative Title: Framework for analyzing emerging threats as United States forces leave; Framework for analyzing emerging threats as US forces leave
Series Title: Rand Corporation monograph series.
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access


  1. Introduction
  2. Political and security conditions of U.S. withdrawal
  3. Future U.S. security responsibilities in Iraq.