Enacting Security Sector Reform in Iraq: The Naivety of International Actors

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Since the United States invasion of Iraq in 2003, the country has fallen victim to foreign influence on multiple fronts, as competing actors vie for power and work towards creating an Iraq suitable to their strategic and geopolitical positions.  International involvement, on behalf of the United States, Iran, Turkey and the International Coalition, which includes NATO and the European Union (EU), is vital to the future of Iraq.  Many of these actors are present in order to enact security sector reform and to bolster the recently formed government, under the direction of Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

 

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