Iraq, Its Neighbors, and the United States Competition, Crisis, and the Reordering of Power

ISBN-10: 1601270771
ISBN-13: 9781601270771
Edition: 2011
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: United States Institute of Peace Press (USIP Press)
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 300
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Iraq, Its Neighbors, and the United Statesexamines how Iraq's evolving political order affects its complex relationships with its neighbors and the United States. The book depicts a region unbalanced, shaped by new and old tensions, struggling with a classic collective action dilemma, and anxious about Iraq's political future, as well as America's role in the region, all of which suggest trouble ahead absent concerted efforts to promote regional cooperation. In the volume's case studies, acclaimed scholars and experts review Iraq's bilateral relationships with Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Arab States, Syria, and Jordan and explore how Iraq's neighbors could advance the country's transition to security and stability.

Scott B. Lasensky served as a senior researcher at the U.S. Institute of Peace from 2004 to 2011 and is coauthor (with Daniel C. Kurtzer) of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East .

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Maps
Introduction
New Tensions
Continuities
Collective-Action Dilemma
Uncertainty
Methodology
The View from Iraq
The New Iraq: The Post-2003 Upheavals and Regional Aftershocks
Changes in Post-2003 Iraq
Continuities in Post-2003 Iraq
Potential Future Trends and Their Impact on Neighbors
The Neighbors
A Transformed Relationship: Turkey and Iraq
Turkey's Policy toward Iraq and the Kurds, 1958-2009
Turkey's New Iraq Policy and Kurdish Initiative: What Changed?
Key Agents of Change
The Limitations of the New Policy
Turkey, Iraq, and the United States: Long-Term Compatibility of Interests
Iran's Strategies and Objectives in Post-Saddam Iraq
Iran's Tortured Relations with Iraq-1921-2003
Iran's Shi'a Card
Iran's Fears and Concerns on the Eve of the U.S. Invasion
Iran's Iraq Policy: The Two Phases
The Irony of Expanding Power through Elections
Iran Hedges Its Bets
Iran's Sphere of Influence in Southern Iraq
Iran's U.S. Strategy on the Battlegrounds of Iraq
A Thorn in Iran's Side
Conclusion
Saudi-Iraq Relations: Devolving Chaos or Acrimonious Stability?
Iran, Iraq, and the Regional Balance of Power
Saudi Arabia's Sectarian Pasts and Futures
The Security Paradox
Sources of Saudi Arabia's Leverage over the United States
Conclusion
Iraq and Its Gulf Arab Neighbors: Avoiding Risk, Seeking Opportunity
Background
The Gulf Arabs' Security Vision
Strategic Options for the Gulf Arabs
The Hard Truths about Gulf Security
Conclusion
Syria and the New Iraq: Between Rivalry and Rapprochement
A Relations Roller Coaster
A Long History of Animosity and Mistrust
Syrian Interests and Threat Perceptions in Iraq
Syrian Vectors of Influence in Iraq
Compatibility with U.S. Interests
Coming to Terms: Jordan's Embrace of Post-Saddam Iraq
Jordan's Interests and Threat Perceptions
Jordan's Interests: Unchanged and Newfound
Compatibility of Jordanian and U. S. Interests-Past, Present, and Future
Jordan-Iraqi Relations: Future Sources of Tension
Conclusion
Iraq, Arab Politics, and the Regional Order: Lessons Learned
The New Iraq and Arab Political Reform: Drawing New Boundaries (and Reinforcing Old Ones)
Iraq and the Strengthening of Arab Sectarian Divides
Iraq and Opposition Alliances in the Arab World
Conclusion
Ties that Bind: The United States, Iraq, and the Neighbors
What's in It for the United States?
An End in Itself or a Means to an End?
Diplomacy as Leverage
Diplomatic Geometry
Protecting the Neighbors from Iraq
The Wider Aperture
Index
Contributors

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