Iraq

Scholarly Publications

Unclear Physics: Why Iraq and Libya Failed to Build Nuclear Weapons

September 2016

 In Unclear Physics, Malfrid Braut-Hegghammer tells the story of the Iraqi and Libyan programs from their origins in the late 1950s and 1960s until their dismantling.

The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: An Enduring Debate

July 2012

Overview, from W.W.

Can Hearts and Minds Be Bought? The Economics of Counterinsurgency in Iraq

October 2011

Abstract: We develop and test an economic theory of insurgency motivated by the informal literature and by recent military doctrine.

Other Publications

Is There a Sunni Solution to ISIS?

November 2015

David Ignatius calls for reconciliation among Iraqi Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurds. Blaydes and Crenshaw argue that this oversimplifies the bargain that needs to be struck.

How — and why — the US must support Iraq

June 2014

As ISIL insurgents in Iraq move south, CISAC Affiliate Anja Manuel urges an end to U.S. inaction in this Reuters blog post. Manuel argues that U.S.

Failing History

October 2012

CISAC Faculty Member Amy Zegart outlines how the CIA's mindset has not changed since the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962.

News

With two American soldiers dead in Iraq, how will the U.S. respond?

March 2020

On Wednesday night, U.S.-led coalition forces based out of Camp Taji north of Baghdad came under intense rocket fire. The attack killed three coalition personnel, two American and one British.

Is There a Sunni Solution to ISIS?

November 2015

David Ignatius is right to recognize the importance of historical legacy to the rise of ISIS.

Is Syria considering using chemical weapons? Experts suggest Iraq case could be a policy guide

June 2015

As the risks escalate, the argument presented in Foreign Policy 18 months ago by Stanford scholars Scott Sagan and Ben Buch is particularly timely.

Events

Defector Militias as Tools of Social Fragmentation: Evidence from Ba‘thist Iraq and Sudan

November 25, 2019

Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/XFFT74SvaCM Abstract: Pro-government militias have become a regular dimension of counterinsurgency operations, serving governments in fighting rebels locally....

Iraq: Past, Present, Future

September 20, 2019

*Due to space constraints, space is limited. If you have RSVP'd for this event and can no longer attend, please notify Emilie Silva (emilieds@stanford.edu). Agenda8:30 a.m.

Conversation on Iraq and American Grand Strategy

September 9, 2019

Abstract: We have learned a great deal about Iraq since the fateful decision to invade the country in 2003.

Projects

Empirical Studies of Conflict

The Empirical Studies of Conflict Project (ESOC) addresses critical challenges to international security through methodologically rigorous, evidence-based analyses of insurgency, civil war and...
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Stanford Ethics & War Series (2010-2011)

The Bowen H.
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Mapping Militant Organizations

This research project launched in 2009 traces the evolution of militant organizations and the interactions that develop among them over time.
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