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Post War Studies: Iraq

Tim Goloversic,


In this course we will examine how the geographical, religious, conquests and colonialism of Mesopotamia and Islam led to the formation of the country of Iraq by a League of Nations mandate. Our studies will travel from the great schism in Islam to the current post-Iraq War situation formed in part by the implementation of the U.S. led Provisional Coalition Authority. Some questions we want to answer during our studies are: How and why did a country formed with three different distinct peoples the Sunni, Shiites, and Kurds survive? Can Iraq survive in its current form? Will the current civil war in Syria and the spread of ISIS destroy Iraq? We will research if post-war Iraq will ultimately prosper or become separate countries by analyzing the political, historical, religious, economic, and social driving factors.


Understanding Iraq: The Whole Sweep of Iraqi History, from Genghis Khan’s Mongols to the Ottoman Turks to the British Mandate to the American Occupation: William R. Polk

The Endgame: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from George W. Bush to Barack Obama: Michael Gordon and Bernard Trainor

Iraq, Its Neighbors, and the United States: Competition, Crisis, and the Reordering of Power: Henri J. Barkey and Scott B. Lasensky


Islam Empire of Faith: PBS Documentary

Voices of Iraq: Documentary

Iraq in Fragments: Documentary

The Iraq War: BBC three part series.

Inside Iraq: The Untold Story.

My Country My Country

Blindsided: How ISIS Shook the World, Fareed Zakaria, CNN



Individual Essay and Individual Presentation

Each student will research and analyze an assigned topic, turn in an essay, and present their research findings to the class.

Group Oral Presentation

During the first week of class, you will be assigned to a group to research and present information to your classmates on the topic of the week. 

Analytical Group Paper and Presentation

Student groups will present their findings in a document modeled after an internal governmental white paper consisting of a one page executive summary with an additional 10 to 12 pages of writing. 

Weekly research along with class discussions and debates.


Tim Goloversic is an Iraq war veteran and has traveled other parts of the Middle East. During his career he trained with Iraqi Officers in the United States of the Shia and Shiite faith. While living in Europe he has met many displaced Kurds and is very interested to see if the Kurds will have for a future nation.

Prior to the last Iraq war, Tim had a series of three OP EDS published in the Japan Times on the issues associated with trying to forcibly transplant Jeffersonian Democracy in Iraq. Tim holds an MBA from IUP, a Master’s of International Relations from Troy University, and a Bachelor’s of Science Aeronautics: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. In addition he is a retired U.S. Army Major and works as an instructor for the Air Force which keeps him current in ongoing geopolitical events in the Middle-East.