Recognizing Fragmented Authority: Towards a post-Westphalian Security Order in Iraq

Recognizing Fragmented Authority: Towards a post-Westphalian Security Order in Iraq
Author/editor: Damian Doyle (CAIS) & Dr Tristan Dunning (University of Qld)
Published in (Monograph or Journal): Small Wars & Insurgencies
Publisher: Routledge
Year published: 2018
Volume no.: Vol 29
Page no.: pp 537-559

Abstract

The rollback of Daesh’s territorial control during 2017 has (re-)established an area of limited statehood in large parts of Iraq that may endure for many years. The government of Iraq projects its authority into a large geographical and political space that it shares with a multitude of other state, non-state and hybrid actors, competing and collaborating to achieve advantageous security and political outcomes. This paper examines the heterarchy of actors in post-Daesh Iraq to develop a typology and start a critical discussion about post-Westphalian alternatives for security governance in Iraq during the coming period of reconstruction and reconciliation.

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