tjir_v4n1_2b - The U.S. Occupation of Iraq and the Arab...

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46 The U.S. Occupation of Iraq and the Arab World Adnan M. Hayajneh* & Jamal A. Al-Shalabi The aim of this paper is to discuss the affects of the US occupation of Iraq on the Arab world and on the United States. It will try to answer several questions including: will the failure of the US mean the continuation of conflict in Iraq. Will Iraq be left in a chaotic situation? How other Arab and non Arab-neighboring states will behave under the continuation of conflict in Iraq and in the possible chaos if the US decided to call its mission off in Iraq? What are the implications of failure on the US world image? Will the US succeed in bringing democracy and stability to Iraq and present it as model to the Arab world. What are the responses from the rest of the Arab World to the making of the New Iraq? More importantly, the paper will concentrate on the future security arrangement of the US namely the future relationship between the Arab States and the U.S. in terms of the security arrangement and scenarios of post-war Iraq and regional security and how this will influence Arab -US relations. These are so many important questions the paper will try to tackle. Basic Assumptions: This paper argues that Iraq has changed and it will change almost everything in the Middle East and in the world. The changes we have seen so far are only limited of what is expected to be seen in near and forward future. These changes include some unthinkable issues that will be of great interest to policy makers and researchers of the
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47 region and in the U.S. especially those concerning internal and external security in the US and in the Arab world. A glimpse of views will show these important changes in the domestic, regional and international levels including the following: Iraq has divided the Arab public: the Arab public has changed after the US war on Iraq. Increasing criticisms of government’s behavior, a state of carelessness regarding government’s initiatives and explanations, a low level of trust and credibility in the governments. Moreover, a lack of view and vision of how to deal with the situation that is the US occupation of Iraq. Nonetheless, the U.S. occupation of Iraq is uniting the Arab public in terms of their refusal to US presence in the region. This is the base of how to deal with the US by the people. Thus, this poses a stand to deal with U.S. proposals for the region and how to deal with their own governments who have supported the American war against Iraq. In summary, all US proposals to improve the region are not well perceived in the region. However, governmental approaches of political changes are going to bring more
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