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Iraq: Preventing a New Generation of Conflict

Markus E. Bouillon, David M. Malone, and Ben Rowswell editors
Iraq: Preventing a New Generation of Conflict
ISBN: 978-1-58826-528-9
ISBN: 978-1-58826-504-3
2007/351 pages/LC: 2007005438
A project of the International Peace Institute
“The articles burrow beneath the newspaper headlines, provide rich empirical information, and challenge commonly held views that continue to be pervasive despite the slim evidence on which they stand.”—Daniel Korski, International Journal

"The authors of this insightful volume make an eloquent and convincing case.... Drawing on many sources of expertise, they debate each other and in doing so engage readers searching for an image of what a sustainable peace might be for war-torn Iraq."—Michael Doyle, Columbia University

"This volume brings together many authoritative voices, all offering options to help avoid the worst in Iraq. The editors have done a masterful job of eliciting a broad range of informed opinion, allowing readers to draw conclusions of their own."—Lakhdar Brahimi, former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Iraq and Afghanistan

"At last, a book on the Iraqis themselves and on the future of their country, rather than on the geopolitics of the Iraq crisis. It is an essential guide for those who are interested in how we outside the country might serve Iraqi aspirations, rather than projecting our own fantasies onto the fate of that suffering country."—Sir Brian Urquhart, former UN Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs

"This essential book emphasizes the importance for us, Iraqis, to lay the foundations for a new and inclusive social contract. It sheds light on how we can work amongst ourselves, with our neighbors, and with the international community to prevent the loss of yet another generation of Iraqis to conflict and instability."—Bakhtiar Amin, Iraqs Minister of Human Rights, 2004-2005

"Offering a multiplicity of perspectives, historical depth, careful analysis, and proposals for solutions, this is an important contribution to the literature on Iraq."—Sami Zubaida, University of London


Is an end to the violence in Iraq, and the establishment of an enduring peace within a unified state, a realistic goal? Addressing this question, the authors of Iraq Preventing a New Generation of Conflict consider the sources of conflict in the country and outline the requirements for a successful peacebuilding enterprise.


Markus E. Bouillon serves in the UN's Department of Political Affairs. He directed the International Peace Institute’s Middle East Program in 2005-2007 and is author of The Peace Business: Money and Power in the Palestine-Israel Conflict. David M. Malone, under-secretary-general of the United Nations, serves as  rector of the United Nations University. His most recent publication is The International Struggle over Iraq: Politics in the UN Security Council 1998-2005. Ben Rowswell was appointed deputy head of mission for Canada in Afghanistan in September 2008.


  • Foreword—Terje Rød-Larsen.
  • Looking Back: State Fragility and a Generation of Conflict—the Editors.
  • State Collapse and the Rise of Identity Politics—T. Dodge.
  • Iraq's Identity Crisis—P. Marr.
  • Three Wars Later... Iraqi Living Conditions—J. Pedersen.
  • Islamism, Nationalism, and Sectarianism—A. Sidahmed.
  • Sunni Factions and the "Political Process"—R. Meijer.
  • Shia Militias in Iraqi Politics—J. Cole.
  • Kirkuk as a Peacebuilding Test Case—J.R. Hiltermann.
  • Forging an Inclusive and Enduring Social Contract—N. Haysom.
  • Making Federalism Work—D. Cameron.
  • Liberal Consociation and Conflict Management—J. McGarry.
  • Federalizing Natural Resources—B. O'Leary.
  • US Policy and Diplomacy—J. Dobbins.
  • Iraq's Arab Neighbors—J.B. Alterman.
  • Securing Iraq: The Mismatch of Demand and Supply—N. Bensahel.
  • Protection of Civilians—P. Gassmann.
  • Dilemmas of Donor Assistance—M. Bell.
  • Strategic Coordination for International Engagement—B.D. Jones.
  • Looking Ahead: Preventing a New Generation of Conflict—the Editors.

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