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The author, with expertise both on the economics of civil war and on the functioning of democracy in oil economies, analyzes the case of Iraq from these perspectives.The article assesses the role international actors can play, pointing out that thecritical importance of accelerating growth through aid and encouraging reformthrough international templates of economic governance. Iraq has three of theclassic risk factors: large natural resource rents, ethnic dominance, and a longhistory of economic decline. Elections, by themselves, will hardly bring peace. Thekey priority will probably be the building of credible institutions of social inclusion,and checks and balances that restrain the corrupt politics of patronage...Please click here to read the text in full.

 

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Foreword Following the violent dissolution of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, there had been a shared sense of hope for a more peaceful future for the European continent. Unfortunately, this comfortability disappeared after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his troops to march against the Ukrainian forces throughout the border on 24 February 2022. This marked a turning point not only for the...
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