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2014

Western Kentucky University

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Geopolitics, Borders, And Federalism: Challenges For Post-War Iraq, Paul G. Lockhart Dec 2014

Geopolitics, Borders, And Federalism: Challenges For Post-War Iraq, Paul G. Lockhart

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The fall of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I enabled the victorious Western powers to implement the Sykes-Picot Treaty and reshape the geopolitical structure of the Middle East. The imposition of arbitrary borders on the Middle East region, specifically the state of Iraq, would lead to significant conflicts over the course of the 20th century. In 2003, a US-led invasion would further compound the instability and sectarian conflict within Iraq by completely dismantling the state. In the years after the invasion, the United States has been directly involved unsuccessfully in trying to rebuild and stabilize the ...