The Persian Gulf Crisis: Power in the Post-Cold War World

The Persian Gulf Crisis: Power in the Post-Cold War World

The Persian Gulf Crisis: Power in the Post-Cold War World

The Persian Gulf Crisis: Power in the Post-Cold War World

Synopsis

This book examines the implications of the Persian Gulf crisis in order to enhance our understanding of the post-Cold War international system. More than just another analysis of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the subsequent war, the book looks at the more general aspects of the use of force (political, economic, and military) evident in the Gulf crisis and what they can tell us about the emerging Post-Cold War system. Contributors were selected on the basis of their ability to address specific questions and policy issues, and to cast their analyses at a broadly theoretical level.

Excerpt

The purposes of this volume are twofold. First, it examines the events, actions, and policies that led up to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the subsequent response by the United States, the United Nations, and other national and international actors. Second, and most important, it seeks to move beyond a simple case study of the Middle East and the crisis itself to a more general analysis of the search for security in the post-Cold War world. The chapters in this volume examine the crisis from different perspectives to provide a set of potential lessons about issues such as the uses of national and international power (economic, political/diplomatic, and military) by individual nations, multilateral coalitions, and supranational organizations (the United Nations) that may be applied on a more general level.

As the Cold War moves further into the past, it is important that we seek answers to questions of crisis management and resolution that are at the very core of what many believe will be a fundamentally altered international system. Whether and to what extent that system will reflect both long-standing, historical characteristics of international relations and new, as yet only partially understood characteristics, are questions that the chapters in this volume seek to address.

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