Iraq's Descent into Civil War: A Constitutional Explanation
In the summer of 2014, the Iraqi government lost control of much of the country. Insurgents - including the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), former Ba'thists, and an array of Sunni tribes - captured Mosul, and then much of western Iraq. Although complex factors lay behind these developments, this article focuses on one theme of central importance: attempts to consolidate power in Baghdad and the concomitant evisceration of Iraq's constitution. When key provisions of a very decentralizing federal constitution were ignored or violated, the blowback from disenfranchised groups in Iraq brought the country to the brink of collapse.
Romano, David. "Iraq's descent into civil war: A constitutional explanation." The Middle East Journal 68, no. 4 (2014): 547-566.
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