Achim Rohde / Eckart Woertz

The Past is Never Dead. It's Not Even Past: History and Memory in Iraq Studies

International Journal of Middle East Studies | 2023

  • Abstract

    The history of modern Iraq has been marked by violence, oppression, and foreign interventions to a degree that stands out even among other war-torn countries. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq, many retrospectives were still dominated by a US-centric navel gazing of the chattering classes inside the beltway, but more Iraqi voices and alternative viewpoints were present in op-eds and articles than a decade earlier. In this spirit this roundtable section reflects on recent Iraqi history and contemporary developments with an eye toward memory politics in the context of transforming governance mechanisms and evolving civil society actors. It builds on a conference held at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg in March 2023 and portrays emerging avenues for research as well as new perspectives on long running debates.

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    International Journal of Middle East Studies







    Dr. Achim Rohde

    Dr. Achim Rohde

    Academy in Exile


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