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Iraq: Resources for Research


Iraq: Map and Country Profile
World Press Review
Also available: links to Iraqi newspapers online and links to all Iraq-related articles on Country statistics from the CIA world factbook.

Perry-Castañeda Library: Iraq Maps
University of Texas Library
Political, topographic, historical, urban, and thematic maps of Iraq. Thematic maps include biological, chemical and nuclear weapons-related sites, oil fields, dissident activity, missile capabilities, Kurdish lands, and ethnoreligious groups. Most maps created by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
Published by the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection

International Press

Iraq Newspapers
World Press Review
Iraqi newspapers available online: Alef-Ba, Al-Eqtisadi, Al-Iraq, Al-Jomhouriya (government-controlled), Al-Mawied, Al-Raae, Al-Talaba, Al-Thawra (ruling party organ), Alwan, Al-Zawra Weekly, Babil (pro-government), Iraq Daily (bi-lingual).

Iraq’s Security and Intelligence Network: A Guide and Analysis
Ibrahim al-Marashi, MERIA Journal (pro-government), Herzliya, Israel, September 2002
This study of Iraq’s Mukhabarat is based on documents captured in Iraqi Kurdistan after the 1991 Gulf War and updated where necessary to reflect the development of the security agencies in recent years. The British government plagiarized this article in its February 3, 2003 report: "Iraq: Its Infrastructure of Concealment, Deception and Intimidation."

Miss Bell’s lines in the sand
James Buchan, The Guardian (liberal), London, England, March 12, 2003
In 1921, Gertrude Bell drew the boundaries of the country we now know as Iraq. She intentionally combined three Ottoman provinces into an Arab state too weak to be independent of Britain, and laid down policies for the state that were later taken up by the Saddam Hussein’s Baathist socialist party.

The Kurds of Iraq: Recent History, Future Prospects
Carole A. O’Leary, MERIA Journal (pro-government), Herzliya, Israel, December 2002
This article explores the situation of Iraqi Kurds over the last decade and explores the options for their future in a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq. Includes a chronology of modern Kurdish history.

Documents, Reports, and Web Resources

The Iraq Research and Documentation Project
Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard
During the March 1991 uprisings following the Gulf War, Iraqi rebels captured large numbers of Iraqi government documents, most of them from the country’s intelligence services. These documents were brought to the United States and studied by Human Rights Watch and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. They were given in digital form to the IRDP, and, along with supplemental materials, make up a resource of about 2.4 million pages.
Published by the Iraq Research and Documentation Project

The United Nations, International Law, and the War in Iraq
A special report
Special Projects Editor Rachel Taylor examines the legal concerns that surround a pre-emptive war against Iraq, looking at both the structures that govern the use of force in the U.N. charter and the standards of International Law.

Iraq and Weapons of Mass Destruction
Edited by Jeffrey Richelson
The documents in this briefing book include: the major unclassified U.S. and British assessments of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs; the reports of the International Atomic Energy Association and the U.N. Special Commision on Iraq (UNSCOM) covering the final period prior to the 1998 departure of weapons inspectors and the period since November 27, 2002; the transcript of a key speech by President George W. Bush; a recently released statement on U.S. policy towards combating WMD; the transcript of and slides for Secretary of State Colin Powell's presentation to the United Nations on February 5, 2003; documents from the 1980s and 1990s concerning various aspects of Iraqi WMD activities.
Published by The National Security Archive

Chemical and Biological Weapons Resource Page
Center for Nonproliferation Studies
This website offers numerous reports examining the current possibility of terrorism using chemical and biological weapons (CBW), as well as information on CBW characteristics, a chronology of State use and control of CBW, a State possession and proliferation chart, and much else.
Published by the Monterey Institute of International Studies

Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War
United Nations, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
This (full-text) document lays out the international guidelines for the treatment of prisoners of war in times of armed conflict. Adopted August 12, 1949 by the Diplomatic Conference for the Establishment of International Conventions for the Protection of Victims of War. Entered into force October 21, 1950.

The Gertrude Bell Project
The Robinson Library, University of Newcastle
This online archive contains Gertrude Bell’s letters (1878-1926), diaries (1877-1919), and about 7000 photographs that she took c.1900-1918.
Published by the University of Newcastle on Tyne Library

Assyrian Human Rights Report
Assyrian International News Agency
This report gives a history of the Assyrian minority in Iraq, Turkey, and Syria, and documents their treatment at the hands of these three governments since the “Assyrian Holocaust” of 1915-1918.

Documents in the News
World Press Review
Includes documents from the National Security Archive, the Pew Research Center, the White House and the United Nations Security Council (including key U.N.S.C. resolutions concerning Iraq).

Online Modules for Global Educators: Iraq
Dr. Merry Merryfield, Ohio State University
Recommends and links to (where possible) web, print, film and other resources on Iraq. All resources are annotated to include reason for recommendation, topics and materials. This and other online modules are the center of a 3 credit hour online course "Teaching World Cultures and Global Issues." (For more information on the course, contact Merry Merryfield).

Iraq Backgrounder: What Lies Beneath
ICG Middle East Report No. 6, 1 October 2002
“This background report reviews the mechanics of Saddam Hussein’s rule, looks at the political dynamics that govern relationships between religious and ethnic entities, and describes the various opposition groups and their potential role.”
Published by the International Crisis Group

The Anfal Campaign Against the Kurds
A Middle East Watch Report
”This report is a narrative account of a campaign of extermination against the Kurds of northern Iraq. It is the product of over a year and a half of research, during which a team of Middle East Watch researchers analyzed several tons of captured Iraqi government documents and carried out field interviews with more than 350 witnesses, most of them survivors of the 1988 campaign known as Anfal. It concludes that in that year the Iraqi regime committed the crime of genocide.”
Published by Human Rights Watch


Political Chronology of Iraq (1918-1986)
Iraq Research and Documentation Project

Iraq Timeline