The Persian Gulf War: Lessons for Strategy, Law, and Diplomacy

The Persian Gulf War: Lessons for Strategy, Law, and Diplomacy

The Persian Gulf War: Lessons for Strategy, Law, and Diplomacy

The Persian Gulf War: Lessons for Strategy, Law, and Diplomacy

Synopsis

The stability of the Persian Gulf is of great importance to the economies of the entire world--as amply demonstrated by recent events. This collection of essays surveys the state of the Persian Gulf in the wake of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War. By evaluating the geopolitical landscape of the Gulf, the book places into a clearer perspective the political, security, and diplomatic dimensions of the war. It also serves as a guide for reassessing those factors that affected the conflict's outcome and that will continue to influence developments in the region.

Excerpt

For nearly eight years, the war between Iran and Iraq defied diplomatic efforts to reach a cease-fire, much less a solution. The tragic result was an immense loss of life and tremendous waste of resources on both sides. This volume critically examines the Persian Gulf conflict with the aim of clarifying the causes of that war, appraising the military and political strategies pursued by both belligerents, and gauging the relative efficacy of various diplomatic means used to bring about an end to the hostilities.

Several of the contributions to this volume were originally prepared as papers for two panels at annual conferences sponsored by the International Studies Association in St. Louis in 1988 and in London in 1989. I would like to express my gratitude to the Department of Political Science at the George Washington University for the support to attend those professional meetings and the opportunity to organize those panel sessions.

Thanks are also due to Dartmouth College for the opportunity to spend the summer of 1989 in the Department of Government as a Visiting Professor of International Law. The quiet and serene environment of Hanover, New Hampshire, made it easy and pleasurable to think seriously about this project. As a consequence, it was during this summer . . .

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