This book places in historical perspective the crises and upheavals that continue to afflict Iraq. Phebe Marr, a ted scholar and leading consultant on Iraqi politics, draws on published sources in Arabic and English, personal interviews, and frequent visits to the country to produce a remarkably lucid account of the emergence of contemporary Iraq. Updated with events since the U. S. invasion, this edition offers an insightful overview of the current political scene, in addition to a uniquely penetrating analysis of Iraqs current social and ecomic affairs.
Phebe Marr is a noted scholar and historian of the Middle East and a leading consultant and lecturer on Iraqi politics. She currently serves on the editorial board of the Middle East Journal and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Middle East Institute. Dr. Marr is also a member of the board of the Middle East Policy Council and of the Hollings Center, an international center for Middle Eastern-Western dialog. A former senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, she has published numerous scholarly articles, chapters, and reports and has taught Middle East history at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and California State University, Stanislaus.