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IRAQ INDEX* by Foreign Policy at BROOKINGS – Sam Gollob and Michael E. O’hanlon

The Iraq Index is a statistical compilation of economic, public opinion, and security data. This resource will provide updated information on various criteria, including crime, telephone and water service, troop fatalities, unemployment, Iraqi security forces, oil production, and coalition troop strength.

The index is designed to quantify the rebuilding efforts and offer an objective set of criteria for benchmarking performance. It is the first in-depth, non-partisan assessment of American efforts in Iraq, and is based primarily on U.S. government information. Although measurements of progress in any nation-building effort can never be reduced to purely quantitative data, a comprehensive compilation of such information can provide a clearer picture and contribute to a healthier and better informed debate.

Former Senior Research Assistant Ian S. Livingston and Senior Fellow and Director of Research Michael O’Hanlon spearhead the Afghanistan Index project at Brookings under the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence in the Foreign Policy program. Former Intern Sam Gollob co-authored the 2020 index with O’Hanlon.

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