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ISIS’ Success in Iraq: A Testimony to Failed Security Sector Reform

The pace with which the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Shām (ISIS) was able to seize territory in Iraq since June 2014 has been mindboggling. What has been a stunning military success for the foreign mujahedeen of ISIS, can only be described as a humiliating defeat for Iraq’s security sector and points to a breakdown in the security sector reform (SSR) efforts in Iraq.

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Iraq after ISIS: Uncoupling Sectarian Differences from Political Contention – Part Two

While ISIS has had considerable success in capturing land, weapons, and funds in Iraq, they now confront a wide coalition of forces emerging in opposition. It is hard to imagine their success continuing in the face of the support being offered by Iran, Syria, Russia, the U.S., and Iraq’s Shia militia. It is also unlikely that support by Saudi Arabia or the Gulf States will continue if ISIS emerges as a true proto-state.

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Iraq after ISIS: Uncoupling Sectarian Differences from Political Contention – Part One

There is perhaps no greater need for SSR than in a state on the verge of dissolution, as is the recent case of Iraq. Indeed, a good proportion of its security forces may have already left the field of battle in the face of foreign forces or insurgents. One way to assess this loss is to look to the legitimacy of the current Iraqi regime and the relationship between religion and the state.

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