A Global Controversy: The U.S.Invasion of Iraq

Perhaps no governmental decision requires more public scrutiny than the decision to go to war. The U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 had monumental effects on both countries and fundamentally altered the relationship between the United States and the rest of the world. In the years since the invasion, the cost in lives and dollars has been higher than expected, the initial justifications for the invasion have been found false, and the future of Iraq remains uncertain.

A Global Controversy: The U.S. Invasion of Iraq provides an overview of Iraqi history and draws students into the public debate over the U.S. government's decision to invade Iraq in 2003. Students assess the war's effects on the United States, Iraq, and beyond, and consider the public's role in foreign policy decisions.

Part I: A Brief History of Iraq

Part II: From Containment to Regime Change

Part III: The War in Iraq

Day One Lesson: The Geography of Iraq

Day One Alternative Lesson: Life in Iraq—1932

Day Two Lesson: The Media and the Iraq War

Day Five Lesson: Reflecting on the War

Iraq: Videos for Lessons

Featured Scholars

Madeline Campbell photo
Roger Williams University
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Brown University
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Brown University