Tim Melvin


This section deals with literature that examines the role and effectiveness of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in administering Iraq from 2003 till 2004. Foreign rule plays an important role in developing failed state’s infrastructure and institutions. By examining critical elements of the CPA’s administration, this section focuses on the overall success and failures of the CPA administrative capacity, and what this means for the future of Iraq’s new government. Since the cessation of the CPA, the Iraqi government has had its ups and downs and is still heavily reliant on the American presence. But some positive elements have been emerging. Broad coalitions have been forming, Iraq has its first Kurdish president, and proper elections took place safely and almost problem free. Security remains to be the major source of contention, including developing an Iraqi security force with the capacity to protect its citizens and its people.

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