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The Rise of the Islamic State: How the Nouri Al-Maliki Government Set the Conditions for the Resurgence of Islamic Extremism in Iraq

Morgan, Arthur
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Morgan, Arthur
Advisor
Hueckstedt, Robert
Quandt, William
Abstract
This paper examines the role of the Nouri al-Maliki government in the rise of the Islamic State. It argues that the government’s sectarian policies and Maliki’s consolidation of power set the conditions for the resurgence of Islamic extremism in Iraq and the development of the Islamic State group. It establishes a pattern of decisions and policies that increasingly gave Maliki tighter control of the state while further alienating the Sunni population. Maliki’s disaffection of Iraq’s Sunni communities coincided with the resurgence of Sunni extremist forces across the border in Syria. Those militants exploited Sunni anger and mistrust toward the government in Baghdad, opening the door for ISIS to capture key cities in western and northern Iraq in 2014.
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, MA (Master of Arts), 2016
Published Date
2016-12-01
Degree
MA (Master of Arts)
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All rights reserved (no additional license for public reuse)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository

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