Reconstructing Iraq: merging discourses of security and development

Sovacool, Benjamin and Halfon, Saul (2007) Reconstructing Iraq: merging discourses of security and development. Review of International Studies, 33 (2). pp. 223-243. ISSN 0260-2105

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Abstract

This article argues that reconstruction is an emerging discourse of international politics that merges security and development discourses in powerful and troubling ways. We focus on Iraq as a site for articulating and institutionalising a particular version of reconstruction, uncovering five narratives that constitute Iraqi reconstruction discourse. We conclude by suggesting that reconstruction repackages security and development into a singular, technical, and bureaucratic worldview. This view obscures working and reliable solutions to poverty and instability by treating development as a central justification for war, and war as a promising way to develop a state and society.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Benjamin Sovacool
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2015 13:13
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2016 08:46
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/58112
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