View Full Version : Iraq’s Politics And Its Discontents An Interview With Col. Joel Rayburn

03-23-2015, 02:20 PM
Post-2003 Iraq has been known for its deep divisions. In his book Iraq after America: Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance (http://www.amazon.com/Iraq-after-America-Institution-Publication/dp/0817916946/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1426716060&sr=1-1&keywords=joel+rayburn+in+books) Col. Joel Rayburn tried to describe the different groups that have been struggling for power in the country through both participating in the government and violently trying to overthrow it. Rayburn worked in Iraq as an intelligence officer before going on to becoming a senior military fellow at the National Defense University’s Institute for National Strategic Studies and the Hoover Institution Working Group on Islamism and the International Order. He can be followed on Twitter @joel_rayburn (https://twitter.com/joel_rayburn). Below is an interview with Rayburn where he explains what he termed authoritarianism, sectarianism, maximalism, and resistance in Iraq.

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