Iraq and the Arab Awakening-Final Paper Submission

Below is the final Iraq Country Report that we compiled throughout the semester, detailing the modern history of Iraq and its role in the Arab Awakening.

Research was completed during Prof. Tom O’Donnell’s course entitled Geopolitics of the Middle East and North Africa, Fall 2011 at The New School University.

Geopolitics Paper Submission PDF


Iraq and the Arab Awakening: Final Presentation

Alright, after much ado, I transferred what was originally a Prezi presentation into a Powerpoint for formatting reasons, in order to post it to this blog. Technology, what can you do. The original Prezi version can be easily accessed here:, and then type this into search: “iraq and the arab spring.”

In our presentation, the Iraq group answered our main research question: Is there an Arab Spring in Iraq? Has the US Occupation of Iraq helped or hindered the Arab Spring in Iraq and the region? We supported our claims by drawing connections between the recent history of internal sectarian divisions in Iraq, regional relationships between Iraq and other MENA countries, and how US policy toward Iraq has contributed to or complicated Iraq’s role in the Arab Spring.


GeopoliticsMENA_Iraq_Final Presentation

Radical Groups Drive Internal Displacement

This article furthers the discussion that, in some ways, Iraq appears to be experiencing something similar to the Arab Awakening in other countries–but that, because it has largely not involved the civilian population and because this has been happening for decades if not centuries, the power struggle between insurgents, militias, the government, currently the US troops, etc., is a historical pattern rather than a new or surprising revolution in Iraq. (This research was completed over a four-week span by Iraqi researchers.)

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“Identity and Survival in Saddam-Era Iraq


Above is a great article on “Identity” and political survival in Saddam’s Iraq