Center for Middle East Policy

Iraq Index

Tracking Reconstruction and Security in Post-Saddam Iraq

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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.

Ian S. Livingston and Michael O'Hanlon spearhead the Iraq Index project at Brookings under the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence in the Foreign Policy program. Ian Livingston is a senior research assistant in Foreign Policy at Brookings. Michael O'Hanlon is a senior fellow with the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and director of research in Foreign Policy at Brookings, and served on a U.S. government delegation to Iraq to review post-war progress.

For progress and security statistics on Afghanistan and Pakistan, see the Afghanistan Index and Pakistan Index.


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