The International Struggle Over Iraq: Politics in the UN Security Council, 1980-2005
Oxford University Press 2017
Posted: 15 Oct 2019
Date Written: September 2006
Spanning the last quarter century, this book examines the impact the United Nations Security Council has had on Iraq - and Iraq’s impact on the Security Council. Told largely in chronological fashion, five phases of the story are here discerned. The first phase deals with the Council’s role as Cold War peacemaker during the Iran-Iraq war. The second phase involves its response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. The third phase is characterized by ‘creeping unilateralism’, occurring within the context of a more multidisciplinary approach to peace operations. The fourth phase covers the period between 9/11 to the bombing of UN headquarters in Baghdad in August 2003. The fifth phase focuses on the Council’s efforts to find its feet in Iraq, and its contemplation of reform in its way of doing business.
Keywords: United Nations, UN Security Council, Cold War, Iran-Iraq War, Kuwait, 9/11, Unilateralism, Reform
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