Evaluation of U.S. and International Community Approaches on Developing and Intervening in Iraq Affairs
Decades of US military and political intervention have wrought momentous changes to Iraq’s socioeconomic systems and institutional structures. The proposed research seeks to address two interrelated questions:  what strategies do Iraqi citizens who work in government, civil society, and other prominent positions use to justify, resist, or otherwise negotiate these US interventions?  How do Iraq-based US agents tasked with the everyday work of carrying out these interventions justify, resist, or otherwise negotiate their activities?
CGS Senator Malcolm Wallop ‘Conversations on Democracy’ Award
By identifying trends in the ways that individuals engage in these activities, the proposed research has significant potential to offer evidence-based alternatives to the prevailing socio-political status quo that informs US policy implemented in Iraq.
This research will be carried out through a modified application of grounded theory methodology (Glaser & Strauss, 1967), employing the primarily qualitative methods of participant observation, semi-structured and structured interviews, focus groups, discourse analysis, spatial analysis, and network analysis. Native-like fluency in Arabic and the social connections derived from thirteen years of living and working in Iraq prior to this research will facilitate the data gathering process.
Up to this point, extensive review of existing literature indicates a pressing need for evidence-based interventions that derive from the perspectives of the Iraqi citizens most impacted by these pressing issues.
Anthropology | Political Science
Nigh, Eric, "Evaluation of U.S. and International Community Approaches on Developing and Intervening in Iraq Affairs" (2016). CGS Student Awards 2016. 20.