United States Risk Management in the Post-war Iraq: Encountering Societal Risks

  • Radomir Compel


Building on the insights from the sociological approaches of Ulrich Beck on risk society, and of Copenhagen school on societal security, this chapter elaborates about human-made risks and changing nature of security, incorporating culture and identity issues. The chapter draws on the case study of the Iraq War and post-war recovery efforts, paying attention to their emphasis on risk management exposed in recent military strategies. The three mechanisms that the United States-led Coalition Provisional Authority relied upon in risk management were early elections, stable government, and development of civil society. The chapter examines the societal risks associated with the three mechanisms of risk control. It argues that the new turn in security studies toward identity could be detected in Iraq, and that we live in a society which is increasingly suffering from human-manufactured risks.



This research was partially funded by JSPS research grant no. 26780087.


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  • Radomir Compel
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  1. 1.School of Global Humanities and Social SciencesNagasaki UniversityNagasakiJapan

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