The 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq and the logic of intervention

Dylan O'Driscoll, Irene Costantini

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20 years on from the US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq, this article offers a critical reflection on the evolution of the worldviews, norms and policies informing the international dimension of the intervention, as well as both the local and international repercussions thereof. It demonstrates how international policies were formulated with little consideration for the needs of Iraqis, but were instead informed by international agendas. Nonetheless, the adaptation and failures of policies on the ground in Iraq have influenced wider international agendas.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3
Pages (from-to)21-25
Number of pages5
JournalORIENT:Deutsche Zeitschrift für Politik, Wirtschaft und Kultur des Orients German Journal for Politics, Economics and Culture of the Middle East
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2023

Institute themes

  • Governance, Leadership and Trust
  • Peace and Conflict
  • Security and Resilience


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