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Diaspora Lobbies and the US GovernmentConvergence and Divergence in Making Foreign Policy$
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Josh DeWind and Renata Segura

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479818761

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479818761.001.0001

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The Iraqi Diaspora and the US Invasion of Iraq

The Iraqi Diaspora and the US Invasion of Iraq

(p.211) Chapter Nine The Iraqi Diaspora and the US Invasion of Iraq
Diaspora Lobbies and the US Government

Walt Vanderbush

NYU Press

This chapter traces the collaboration between leaders of the Iraqi diaspora and neoconservative Americans—many of them linked to the Iraqi National Congress (INC) and the Project for the New American Century (PNAC)—to convince the US government to wage war and bring about “regime change” in Iraq. Indeed, the INC and the PNAC, played key roles in convincing the Congress to pass the 1998 Iraq Liberation Act, which established regime change in Iraq to be the goal of US foreign policy. Subsequently, with the election of George W. Bush, at least ten of the original twenty-five members of the PNAC took up positions within government with the intention of toughening US policies toward Iraq.

Keywords:   Iraqi diaspora, neoconservative Americans, Iraqi National Congress, PNAC, Iraq Liberation Act 1998

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