A couple of Iraq articles:
From the IEEE Spectrum, an article about the challenges of rebuilding Iraq’s electrical power infrastructure. Quote:
It would be hard to find another endeavor, anywhere, anytime, in which so much was asked of engineers, personally and professionally. Never before has so vast a reconstruction program been attempted in the face of enemy fire or managed in the shadow of geopolitics, where infrastructure itself became a battleground.
And from The American Enterprise, an article about progress and problems in Iraq. Quote:
Iraq is now creeping away from murderous authoritarianism to face the more normal messes of a creaky Third World nation: corruption, poverty, health problems, miserable public services. And that is vastly preferable to what came before.