The transformation of violence in Iraq

Penny Green, Tony Ward*

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This article explores the connections between various forms of organized political violence and ostensibly private, non-political violence in post-invasion Iraq, focusing on gender-based violence and the links between militias and organized crime. We argue that, as in other civil wars, much of the violence is 'dual-purpose', simultaneously serving private and political goals, and that despite a decline in violence since 2007, the situation created by the overthrow of the previous dictatorship remains extremely dangerous.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Criminology of War
EditorsRuth Jamieson
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781315086859
ISBN (Print)9780754623946
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes


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