The Gulf War and the New World Order: International Relations of the Middle East

The Gulf War and the New World Order: International Relations of the Middle East

The Gulf War and the New World Order: International Relations of the Middle East

The Gulf War and the New World Order: International Relations of the Middle East


"Groundbreaking.... Offers the perspectives of well-known scholars on a constellation of events that are reshaping the nature of international affairs."--Walid Kazziha, American University in Cairo

"A significant contribution to the field of international relations in general and to the area of foreign policy in particular.... Useful for undergraduate courses on the Middle East, as well as graduate studies."--Richard H. Pfaff, professor emeritus, University of Colorado

The Ismaels, a seasoned team of scholars, bring together here renowned experts in international affairs who explore the nature and implications of the Gulf War, particularly as it affects the fashioning of a New World Order. Contents Introduction Part I: The Gulf War and the International Order Reflections on the Gulf War Experience: Force and War in the UN System, by Richard A. Falk The United Nations in the Gulf War, by Robert Springborg Bush's New World Order: A Structural Analysis of Instability and Conflict in the Gulf, by Yasumasa Kuroda The European Community's Middle Eastern Policy: The New Order of Europe and the Gulf Crisis, by Friedemann Buettner and Martin Landgraf Regional Cooperation and Security in the Middle East: The Role of the European Community, by Timothy Niblock Japan: An Economic Superpower in Search of Its Proper Political Role in the Post-Cold War Era, by Yasumasa Kuroda Part II: The United States and the New World Order Between Theory and Fact: Explaining U. S. Behavior in the Gulf Crisis, by Shibley Telhami The New World Order and the Gulf War: Rhetoric, Policy, and Politics in the United States, by Enid Hill The Making of the New World Order: The Role of the Media, by Malcolm Hayward Defeating the Vietman Syndrome: The Military, the Media, and the Gulf War, by Andrew T. Parasiliti Part III: The Gulf War and the Middle East Order Iraq and the New World Order, by Marion Farouk-Sluglett and Peter Sluglett Iran and the New World Order, by Scheherazade Daneshkhu The Gulf War, the Palestinians, and the New World Order, by Cheryl A. Rubenberg Israel and the New World Order, by Meir Porat Jordan and the Gulf War, by Kamel S. Abu Jaber Syria, the Kuwait War, and the New World Order, by Eberhard Kienle Imagining Egypt in the New Age: The Critique of the Left from Egyptian Civil Society, by Raymond W. Baker Turkey, the Gulf Crisis, and the New World Order, by Tozun Bahcheli Part IV: Political Trends and Cultural Patterns The Middle East in the New World Order: Political Trends, by Louis J. Cantori Islam, Democracy, and the Arab Future: Contested Islam in the Gulf Crisis, by Raymond W. Baker Islam at War and Communism in Retreat: What Is the Connection? by Ali A. Mazrui Global Apartheid? Race and Religion in the New World Order, by Ali A. Mazrui Democracy Died at the Gulf, by Richard A. Falk Tareq Y. Ismael is professor of political science and Jacqueline S. Ismael is professor of social welfare, both at the University of Calgary, Alberta. She is the author ofKuwait: Dependency and Class in a Rentier State(UPF, 1993). They are coauthors ofPolitics and Government in the Middle East and North Africa(UPF, 1991).


This endeavor was initiated as a deeply personal reaction to the Gulf War. It began in April 1991, when I sent the following open letter to the Sixteenth Annual Symposium of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University:

On February 26, I withdrew from participation in this symposium as an expression of my sense of intellectual impotency in the face of the Gulf crisis. Nothing in my intellectual or professional experience had prepared me for the sheer savagery of unfolding events. And speculation about its consequences seemed well beyond the pale of any scientific theory I know. Now, six weeks later, as you initiate the symposium, the situation in the Middle East is even more savage and precarious, and I feel compelled to share with you my professional concerns as they relate to this enterprise.

Six weeks ago, I felt the discipline of political science generalally, and the field of Middle East studies specifically, to be intellectually bankrupt and irrelevant. Now I fear it may have been implicated all along in the trajectory toward genocide by contributing to the obfuscations, mystifications, and, ultimately, falsifications that mask the making of tyrants and warmongers, and sanction their profiteering handmaidens; that mask the perpetration of genocide behind humanitarian handmaidens.

For twenty years, while the Iraqi people suffered the brutality of Saddam Hussein's dictatorship, the world flirted with his regime. In this period, the same nations that participated in Operation Desert Storm conducted business with his government, sold him arms, supported his territorial aggressions, and ignored his human rights record. Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states, in fact, financed his war with Iran and heralded him as a great Arab leader and hero, even while thousands of Iraqis languished in his prisons and died in his torture chambers.

The war to liberate Kuwait destroyed the Iraqi people but . . .

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