US economic and governance reform efforts in the Middle East

Conceptual difficulties and practical realities *

Authored by: Robert E. Looney

Handbook of US-Middle East Relations

Print publication date:  September  2009
Online publication date:  May  2014

Print ISBN: 9781857434996
eBook ISBN: 9780203859377
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780203859377-13

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Abstract

Leading up to the war and especially after the swift military defeat of Saddam Hussein’s regime, optimism was running high among many Iraqis and American planners that the country would be quickly transformed into a free, democratic nation with a liberalized market economy. Yet even nearly eight years later, these goals are still illusive.

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