Academic journal article Military Review

THE IRAQ EFFECT: The Middle East after the Iraq War

Academic journal article Military Review

THE IRAQ EFFECT: The Middle East after the Iraq War

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THE IRAQ EFFECT: The Middle East After the Iraq War, Frederic Wehrey, Dalia Dassa Kaye, Jessica Watkins, Jeffrey Martini, Robert A. Guffey, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, 2009, 187 pages, $40.00.

Assessment is critical for success and an important element in the improvement of an individual, organization, or state. In the interest of executing the immediate, pressing, or next mission, we underestimate the importance of assessment. A failure to assess and take prudent action can lead to the loss of lives and a better future. The Iraq Effect: The Middle East After the Iraq War provides informed, fair assessment.

The product of a U.S. Air Forcefunded research effort, the book discusses the balance of power in the Middle East after Operation Iraqi Freedom and provides recommendations that the United States should consider in the near term, including an Air Force engagement strategy in the region. The authors focus on long-term regional security, a refreshing, comprehensive approach to the ongoing strategy and policy debate.

The book does not overlook the human dimension in discussions of policy. …

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