RESEARCH PAPER
THE SHIA ARMED GROUPS AND THE FUTURE OF IRAQ
 
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University of Human Development, Iraq, Head of Diplomacy & Public Relations
Online publish date: 2018-06-20
Publish date: 2018-06-30
 
Security and Defence Quarterly 2018;19(2):39–53
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In this article, we try to identify the impact of the Shia militias in Iraq on the future of this country. We maintain that these armed groups will be a destabilising factor for Iraq and its neighbours, and they will worsen and deepen the sectarian division in the Middle East. We assess these different groups from different perspectives, for example, using the Weberian theory that the state is the only entity that has a monopoly of violence, Ariel Ahram’s model of state-sponsored and government-sponsored militias, and finally the devolution of violence to these armed groups.
 
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