Abstract

The toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime in March 2003 opened a new chapter in Iraq's domestic policy and created new prospects for regional stability. This study seeks to provide a preliminary assessment of Hussein's legacy and examine the process of reconstructing the post-Saddam Iraq. It argues that the Iraqi leader exacerbated the contradictions and imbalances that plagued the Iraqi political system since the country's creation in 1921. A Sunni-Arab minority ruled Iraq and alienated the Shiites and the Kurds to varying degrees from 1921 to 2003. The successful emergence of a stable and prosperous post-Saddam Iraq will depend on addressing these ethnic and sectarian imbalances and the roots of regional insecurity.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1945-4724
Print ISSN
1945-4716
Pages
pp. 93-103
Launched on MUSE
2005-11-28
Open Access
N
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