Iraq

Overview


Status
Ongoing
Duration
22 May 2003 - Present
(about 17 years)
Objectives
Peacebuilding
Sanction Types
  • Asset freeze (individual / entity asset freeze, asset transfer)
  • Arms (arms imports embargo)
  • Proscribed activities (weapons of mass destruction)
  • Commodity (Iraqi cultural property)
  • (Previously comprehensive sanctions, August 1990 - May 2003)
Non-UN Sanctions
Regional (EU), Unilateral (no)
Other Policy Instruments
Diplomacy, Use of military force

Background


Following more than a decade of diplomatic impasse and comprehensive economic sanctions, a coalition led by the United States invaded Iraq in March and overthrew the Iraqi government in May 2003 based on allegations of the presence of weapons of mass destruction in the country. While the invasion had not been authorized by the UN Security Council, a formal occupation regime was established. The interim regime, recognized by both states and the UN, initiated a radical re-organization of the Baathist Iraqi state, dismantling the army and core state institutions.

Episodes


The analysis of the Iraq case is divided into the following episodes (navigatable via the numbers in the top bar):

Episode 1 (22 May 2003 - 8 Jun 2004)

Episode 2 (8 Jun 2004 - Present)