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The Failures of Neo-Liberal State Building in Iraq: Assessing Australia's Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development Initiatives

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posted on 2024-06-03, 15:44 authored by A Hassin, Benjamin IsakhanBenjamin Isakhan
This article examines Australia's post-conflict reconstruction and development initiatives in Iraq following the intervention of 2003. Overall, it finds that Australia privileged the neo-liberal model of post-conflict state building by investing in projects that would enhance the capacity of the new Iraqi state, its key institutions and the private sector towards the imposition of a liberal democracy and a free-market economy. To demonstrate, this article documents the failures of the Australian government's stated aims to "support agriculture" and "support vulnerable populations" via interviews conducted in Iraq with rural farmers and tribal members and those working in, or the beneficiaries of, Iraq's disability sector. It concludes by noting that such failures are not only indicative of the inadequacy of the neo-liberal state building model, but also that these failures point the way forward for future post-conflict reconstruction and development projects which ought to be premised on a genuine and sustained commitment to addressing the needs of those made most vulnerable by war and regime change.

History

Journal

Australian Journal of Politics and History

Volume

62

Pagination

87-99

Location

Chichester, Eng.

ISSN

0004-9522

eISSN

1467-8497

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal, C Journal article

Copyright notice

2016, The Authors

Issue

1

Publisher

WILEY