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January 2, 2012

Iraq: not as bad as Yemen

Filed under: Culture,Data Analysis,Iraq — Razib Khan @ 9:29 pm

You probably know that the USA has officially withdrawn from Iraq. And you probably also know that in many ways Iraq became the de facto 51st American state for nearly a decade (I remember that my phone’s news app had an “Iraq” section back in 2007). Looking back 10 years ago I recall my attitude being “how bad could we mess this up?” I had expected a “Mouse that Roared” scenario, American investments would leave Iraq in a better position. In a general impressionistic sense I got the sense that I was drastically wrong, but over the past few years poking around Google Data Explorer it’s clear that you can make this case quantitatively too. Iraq just jumps out as a shockingly messed up country (the World Values Survey will also confirm that Iran is a much more enlightened country when measured by the yardstick of post-materialist values!).

Below is a taste of what I often see (I’ll keep life expectancy on the x-axis):

May 24, 2011

Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey

Filed under: Comparisons,Data Analysis,geography,Iraq,Syria,Turkey — Razib Khan @ 9:38 am

Since most international migration is apparently between “developing nations”, I thought the Iran-Iraq-Turkey-Syria border would be interesting to look at in terms of differences in economic and social indices.

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