Iraq Since Saddam

The toppling of the Saddam regime was supposed to bring peace and stability, even democracy, to the Middle East. Instead, since then, Iraq has been swallowed up by sectarian divisions and power struggles. Given that Iraq is a construct of European powers in the dying days of colonialism, is Iraq sustainable as it is today? This course looks at Saddam’s legacy, the two President Bushs’ legacies and the ongoing struggle for power, compounded by the rise and fall of ISIS.

This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet connection, microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.


  • Jeremy Greenstock, Iraq: The Cost of War, Penguin Random House 2016
  • Ali A. Allawi, The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace, Yale UP, 2007


  • The Saddam regime. How he kept the “peace”. The legacy of hatred and division he left behind
  • Enter the Presidents Bush and the WMDs. Why they invaded Iraq and the consequences for Iraq and the region. The UN sponsored invasion followed by the coalition of the willing
  • Sectarian division and international meddling. Iraq had enough problems dealing with its own internal divisions but when the world started to interfere, the place became unmanageable. This lecture looks at the civil war that raged between Sunni and Shia and role played by the US and her allies in this war.
  • ISIS and the existential threat. With the collapse of the Iraqi military under ISIS expansion, Iraq looked like it would collapse. But did this actually bring some unity to this fractured country? What is the future likely to be like for Iraq?


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the power plays at work in Iraq during the days of Saddam Hussein and the reasons for the 2 international interventions
  2. See the connection between these interventions and the development of conflict and instability in Iraq
  3. Understand the role played by the shareholders in Iraq – the Persians, Arabs, Kurds, Shi’ites, Sunnis, Oil companies, foreign governments
  4. Follow the rise of ISIS and the effects it had on Iraq, both negative and positive
  5. Be aware of what the future might hold for Iraq.

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