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The transformation of violence in Iraq

By Penny. Green and Tony. Ward


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

Topics: Pathology and Forensic Medicine, Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous), Law, Social Psychology
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1093/bjc/azp022
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