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What Happened to the Iraqi Police? book jacket View Table of Contents and Introductory Material
ISBN978-1-59460-796-7

What Happened to the Iraqi Police?

Applying Lessons in Police Democratization Successes in West Germany and Japan

by James R. Phelps

2010 $25.00 206 pp paper

Tags: Current Affairs, History, International/Comparative Crime


Constructing comparative scenarios of historical cases of successful transition from a totalitarian to a democratic criminal justice system, Phelps provides a provocative applied research analysis of the post-war successes in democratization of West German and Japanese police. This book is an essential reference compendium.

What Happened to the Iraqi Police? is a study that is especially relevant today with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and one that today’s military leaders, scholars, and citizens interested in this topic will find highly readable and reflective. Assessing how the U.S. military established security in the immediate aftermath of World War II in both Germany and Japan, he is able to draw lessons that are relevant for today’s modern military and the future post-conflict operations it will face. Phelps has done for the lessons learned regarding post-conflict policing what John A. Nagl did for lessons learned regarding counterinsurgency in his book Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife. Like Nagl’s book, Phelps’ book should become amust read for anyone dealing with post-conflict policing, because the lessons learned are invaluable.” — Dr.Willard M. Oliver, Professor of Criminal Justice Sam Houston State University and U.S. Army Major (Ret.)

“Phelps provides a provocative applied research analysis of the post-war successes in democratization of West German and Japanese police with the ongoing development of the established rule of law mission for public police services in Iraq. Constructing comparative scenarios of successful transition from totalitarian to a democratic criminal justice system, Dr. Phelps offers keen insight into significant failures in the nascent stages of the Iraq war and the collateral damages to the current mission viability for establishing and nurturing a democratic Republic of Iraq. This book is an essential reference compendium for international police and justice scholars, political scientists, public administration, and policy and urban security experts.” — Dr. Jess Maghan, Professor and Director, Forum for Comparative Correction

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