Can Intervention Work? A Case Study Of The Iraq War? Essay

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Can intervention work? A case study of the Iraq War
Over the past two decades, intervention has been an important device in the Western foreign policy toolkit to solve conflicts outside their own territories. The word has been associated with both positive and negative connotations: on the one hand, humanitarian, democratic, noble; on the other hand, ambitious, expensive and dangerous. One of the most recent cases of intervention is the Iraq War from 2003 to 2011. In light of the fact that five years after the US army’s withdrawal, Iraq is still deep in troubles and conflicts, one might come to the conclusion that intervention cannot work. A closer look at the progress of the entire intervention, however, may suggest a different perspective of the story. Emma Sky’s new book The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq provides observers a new chance to reflect on the effect of intervention beyond an over-simplified result-oriented method.
It is of great importance to understand the role intervention during the Iraq War, especially considering that our future leaders might face again a similar situation and needs to make a decision. To understand the effectiveness of intervention, this essay will first analyze the purposes of US starting the Iraq War and examine to what extend these goals were achieved. Next, it will document two important events that intervention resulted in a positive impact and discuss how it failed afterwards. In the third part, it will…

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