Joel Rayburn

Lieutenant Colonel Joel Rayburn, a contributor to the Hoover Institution’s Working Group on Islamism and the International Order, is a US Army officer with more than twenty years of experience in intelligence and political-military affairs, including multiple combat tours in the Middle East and South Asia.  He specializes in historical and strategic analyses of the modern Middle East. 

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Iraq after America

Author: Joel Rayburn
ISBN: 978-0-8179-1694-7

Iraq after America examines the new state, sectarian and secular factions, and political trends that have emerged in Iraq since the US-led invasion of 2003, presenting the various elements in the Iraqi political scene, as well as their interrelations. The book traces the origins of three key trends in recent Iraqi history (authoritarianism, sectarianism, and Islamist resistance) to explain the political and social forces that produced them, particularly during the intense period of civil war between 2003 and 2009, but also up to America’s departure in 2011. Along the way, the author looks at some of the most significant players in the new Iraq, explaining how they have risen to prominence, what they aim to do, and what that means for the United States and others.

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