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Bloodshed in Iraq puts US in focus

10 January 2014

Sky News

Iraq has experienced one of the bloodest periods in recent memory with Iraqi forces fighting a tough battle against Al-Qaeda in cities like Fallujah. Lecturer Malcolm Jorgensen looks at whether the US is to blame for the re-emergence of sectarian violence. Listen online

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Iraq's devastation outlasts Saddam Hussein

24 December 2013

Sydney Morning Herald

Ten years after the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was captured, day-to-day life in the Middle Eastern country is more dangerous than ever. Research associate Tom Switzer explains why the capture was not the turning point foreign policy hawks predicted. Read article

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Howard fails in his defence of road to war

17 April 2013

The Canberra Times

PhD candidate Malcolm Jorgensen analyses former Australian prime minister John Howard's presentation at the Lowy Institute defending the invasion of Iraq. Jorgensen says Howard's decision to commit Australia to the 2003 Iraq War was shaped by a shared sense of the American experience of vulnerability. Read article

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Blind allies of mass destruction

2 April 2013

The Sydney Morning Herald

Ten years since Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States invaded Iraq to find weapons of mass destruction that didn't exist, there is little evidence that the leaders involved have learned any lessons from their mistakes. Quoting research associate Tom Switzer, Peter Hartcher says the war cost the US credibility and standing in the world. Read article

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Cost of Iraq War drains the US in race with China

20 March 2013

The Australian

Not only did the peace in Iraq prove far harder to win than the war, writes associate professor Brendon O'Connor, the conflict drained the US of credibility, resources and energy. Now even those who opposed the war have to live with its consequences, while America's main global competitor, China, rises inexorably. Read article

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"Fawlty Towers" in Mesopotamia

19 March 2013

The American Conservative

Ten years after the US led coalition forces into Iraq, Iran has expanded its influence on the region and human rights are on the wane. The lesson of the war, says research associate Tom Switzer, should be that Jeffersonian democracy cannot be rolled out like Astroturf. Read article

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Iraq's lesson for America

19 March 2013

ABC The Drum

Twenty years ago, the US was a global hegemon, write Centre research associate Tom Switzer and founding editor of the National Interest Owen Harries. But it's decision to invade Iraq ten years ago did not only have tragic consequences for the Iraqi people, it has also seriously tarnished US prestige and credibility across the globe. Read article

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Who benefited from Iraq?

18 March 2013

ABC Radio National Late Night Live

This week marks ten years since America invaded Iraq. The terrible consequences for Iraq are not in dispute, but what has America or any other country gained? Research associate Tom Switzer joins Robert Fisk from The Independent and Martin Chulov of The Guardian to discuss the war's legacy. Listen Online

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The cost of Iraq

18 March 2013

ABC TV The Drum

American foreign policy was changed forever when the coalition of the willing invaded Iraq ten years ago, but the conflict left a legacy around the world that is still being felt today. Associate professor Brendon O'Connor looks at the mark left by the war. Watch Online

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Ten years of war in Iraq

17 March 2013

ABC Radio National Sunday Extra

It is 10 years this week since Australia joined the 'coalition of the willing' and invaded Iraq, in what became a highly contentious conflict. Research associate Tom Switzer joins ANU professor Hugh White to discuss the contested legacy of the war. Listen Online

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Saddam a tyrant, but war was wrong

15 March 2013

The Lowy Interpreter

Australian forces played an honourable role in the war in Iraq and helped depose a murderous dictator. Nonetheless, says research associate Tom Switzer, they should never have been sent there in the first place. Read article

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Legacy of Iraq invasion lives on

15 March 2013

ABC 24 Planet America

It led to the ousting of brutal dictator Saddam Hussein but the invasion of Iraq 10 years ago has also plunged the country in a state of seemingly perpetual violence. Research associate Tom Switzer looks at the impact of the war around the world.  Watch Online

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Iraqi farce reeks of dead pigeons in the water tank

15 March 2013

The Age

The US-led invasion of Iraq ten years ago this month has resulted in Iraqi deaths in the hundred thousands, coalition casualties in the thousands, and a country still beset by internal conflict, repression, and terrorism. Only John Cleese's Basil Fawlty could see the bright side of this situation, says research associate Tom Switzer. Read article

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10 years on from the War in Iraq

7 March 2013

ABC Radio Australia Connect Asia

Nearly 10 years on from the US-led invasion of Iraq, it's a war that seems almost forgotten by many Australians. Research associate Tom Switzer looks at how the Iraq of today differs from the vision of country that advocates of the war imagined after the American intervention. Listen Online

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Iraq, ten years on

7 March 2013

The Spectator

March 2013 marks the tenth anniversary of the United States' war on Iraq, and some neoconservatives still stand by their support of the invasion. Research associate Tom Switzer looks back at the debate over the past decade and why, even in 2003, he opposed the war. Read article

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Obama gets real with appointment of new defence secretary

9 January 2013

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age

Once upon a time, realism in foreign policy was the domain of the Republican Party, says research associate Tom Switzer. But the opposition to Chuck Hagel, Barack Obama's nominee for defense secretary, is indicative of how the national security positions of the two major US political parties have reversed since 9/11. Read article

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Lapdog theory a flawed view of US alliance

19 July 2012

The Australian 

Critics of Australian military deployments on the left and the right frequently cast the country as a sycophantic subordinate taking orders from its more powerful American ally. Associate professor in American politics Brendon O'Connor and Macquarie University professor Lloyd Cox argue that this view lets Australian politicians off the hook for freely taken decisions and that Australia has often been more eager for war than the US. Read article

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