Disarming Iraq: Monitoring Power and Resistance

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Analyzing Power Relations

The aim of this text is to analyze the power relationship established and maintained over Iraq in pursuit of implementation of the cease-fire resolution's disarmament requirements when it was strongest (1991 to 1998). This means minimizing descriptive detail in favor of a logically sound, rigorous and well-organized examination of the behavior of the key actors in the relationship. In order to proceed with this study on a firm basis, it is first necessary to begin with a consideration of the theoretic tools that may aid and guide it. Therefore, this chapter presents the analytic tools used in subsequent chapters to answer the question of how power operated in this relationship filled with conflict. Before this can be done, however, it is necessary to review briefly the existing literature on the subject and to show the inadequacy of existing theoretical approaches to this task. Having demonstrated the need for theoretical innovation, the chapter proceeds to present some generally applicable analytic tools (tactics, dynamics and modes). Then more specific comments about monitoring power and resistance that are relevant to this particular type of case are offered.


INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS THEORY

Despite the importance of the struggle to disarm Iraq, the literature on it is limited to descriptive and source materials. The media generally offered sporadic coverage until tensions threatened to shift the relationship toward open conflict; its narrative was descriptive, chronicling developments and listing weapons sought. The typical report emphasized the conflict between the United States and Iraq, with slight attention paid to the role of the United Nations and the implementation of disarmament. Nearly all of the remaining literature consists of source materials. 1 This leaves a small number of publications written by policymakers and experts who have described and advocated policy. One group of analysts has supported a vigorous implementation of disarmament, characterized Iraqi resistance as

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Abbreviations xiii
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • 2 - Analyzing Power Relations 9
  • 3 - Iraq's Military Development 31
  • 4 - The Security Council and Iraq: Structuring Power Relations 47
  • 5 - Monitoring Tactics 77
  • 6 - Tactical Interaction and Dynamics 103
  • 7 - The End and New Beginnings 129
  • Bibliography 141
  • Index 147
  • About the Author 152
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