Democracy and the Iraqi Mind

This article on the wobbly state of Iraqi government makes for heartbreaking reading. Part of the challenge of bringing democracy to Iraq is creating a new mindset in a deeply suspicious, sometimes even paranoid, populace.
When I got back from Iraq a few years ago, Stanford’s Humanities program asked me to write about a then-current U.S. military proposal to monitor Iraqis using unmanned drones. In my response, “Conspiracies [sic] in the Desert,”, posted here, I try to explain how oppression, fear and anger create a mentality in many Iraqis that makes democratic cooperation all but impossible.

Author: Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at Kings College Lonon. His research, teaching and writing have focused on addictive disorders, self-help organizations (e.g., breast cancer support groups, Alcoholics Anonymous), evaluation research methods, and public policy related to health care, mental illness, veterans, drugs, crime and correctional systems. Professor Humphreys' over 300 scholarly articles, monographs and books have been cited over ten thousand times by scientific colleagues. He is a regular contributor to Washington Post and has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Times Higher Education (UK), Crossbow (UK) and other media outlets.

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