Invasion of Iraq fuelled corruption and instability
6th July 2016, London – Transparency International Defence & Security Programme (TI-DSP) welcomes today the publication of the Chilcot Inquiry that is rightly damning about the failures in post-conflict planning of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Iraq today remains stricken by conflict, with weak institutions, crippled by corruption, for which the people are paying the highest price. This is a direct result of a lack of any coherent post-conflict strategy that has also led to escalating levels of popular frustration and ultimately the rise of ISIS, despite the billions of dollars the international community has poured into post-conflict reconstruction.
Such mistakes must never be repeated and future governance, including anti-corruption measures, must be a central tenet of military strategies pre-action.
Iraq was one of the worst performers in TI’s 2015 Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index, judged to be “at a critical risk of defence corruption”. And in TI’s 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index, Iraq was ranked 161st out of 167.
Katherine Dixon, Director Transparency International Defence and Security Programme said:
“Endemic corruption is one of the biggest security threats Iraq now faces. Yet its roots can be traced right back to failures of pre-conflict planning. And the most frustrating fact of all is that’s unclear what the international community has really learnt from all this.”
“Governments should not go to war without proper post-conflict planning, and that means working out how they will deal with corruption, which will inevitably threaten the legitimacy and stability of the state institutions that they leave in their wake.”
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