In my February 2009 post Rushing willingly into Iraq I provided a link to my colleague Garry Woodard’s 2007 essay on Iraq (Iraq: We Now Know), which I described as, and which remains, a remarkable example of what can be achieved by patient sifting through disparate open sources.
That link, to the Melbourne University Press website, is broken, but you can access the document at
Of course we know quite a lot more now than we did in 2007, and I understand that Garry is about to commence work on an update. I will post a link to that as soon as it is available.
In the meantime, the current version is well worth reading.