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The international struggle over Iraq [electronic resource] : politics in the UN Security Council 1980-2005 /
David M. Malone.
imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
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xiv, 398 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0199278571 (alk. paper), 9780199278572
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Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
isbn
0199278571 (alk. paper)
9780199278572
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Cold War peacemaker : brokering peace in the Iran-Iraq war -- New world order policeman : responding to Iraqi aggression against Kuwait -- Creeping unilateralism : humanitarian interventions and no-fly zones -- Sanctions enforcer : economic sanctions and the oil-for-food program -- Weapons inspector : UNSCOM, UNMOVIC and the disarming of Iraq -- Sidelined : from 9/11 to August 19, 2003 -- Crisis of confidence : annus horribilis and a 'vital' role -- Conclusions : serious consequences : how twenty-five years of involvement with Iraq has changed the Security Council.
catalogue key
7961165
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 338-368) and index.
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Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Lionel Gelber Prize, CAN, 2007 : Nominated
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2007-08-01:
This book is a long-overdue contextualized, balanced history of international conflicts surrounding Iraq since 1980. Malone, a former president of the International Peace Academy, examines the relationship between Iraq and the Security Council as both reacted to each other and a changing world. The author reminds readers that Iraq's military aggression against Iran and Kuwait took place "against an important historical backdrop." While it avoids either apologizing for, or demonizing, the Saddam Hussein regime, the book examines centuries of colonialism, conflict, and border shifts that color relations between Iraq and its neighbors. This detailed history of Iraq weaves around Malone's sophisticated examination of the Security Council, presenting its many faces: uncooperative during the Cold War, a tool of goodwill as the Cold War ended, contentious during sanctions on Iraq, and ignored in the 2003 invasion. Malone warns that in dangerous times, a weak Security Council may be a last resort. At times, this book reads like history, when it clearly aspires to political analysis. Still, it is an important addition to a literature which is too often shallow and one-sided. It should be used in courses examining the situation in Iraq in depth. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper division undergraduates and above. L. E. Sjoberg Duke University
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"An illuminating account of the 25 years of tangled Security Council involvement with Iraq a fascinating portrait of the changing and often conflicting uses of the Security Council by the major powers This book is essential reading for those who want to use the lessons of the Security Council's tumultuous encounter with Iraq to guide UN reform."-G. John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs
"A uniquely clear and lucid account of the workings and background of the UN Security Council's fateful refusal to legitimize US military action against Iraq in 2003 and of the international fall-out of Operation Iraqi Freedom"--Sir Brian Urquhart, New York Review of Books "An illuminating account of the 25 years of tangled Security Council involvement with Iraq a fascinating portrait of the changing and often conflicting uses of the Security Council by the major powers This book is essential reading for those who want to use the lessons of the Security Council's tumultuous encounter with Iraq to guide UN reform."--G. John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs
"A uniquely clear and lucid account of the workings and background of the UN Security Council's fateful refusal to legitimize US military action against Iraq in 2003 and of the international fall-out of Operation Iraqi Freedom"--Sir Brian Urquhart,New York Review of Books "An illuminating account of the 25 years of tangled Security Council involvement with Iraq a fascinating portrait of the changing and often conflicting uses of the Security Council by the major powers This book is essential reading for those who want to use the lessons of the Security Council's tumultuous encounter with Iraq to guide UN reform."--G. John Ikenberry,Foreign Affairs "A long-overdue contextualized, balanced history of international conflicts surrounding Iraq since 1980. ...An important addition to a literature which is too often shallow and one-sided. ...Highly recommended."--CHOICE
Avoiding the politics- and media-driven ideological assaults that characterize much of the public discussion of the UN these days, this scholarly book analyzes the flow of events to build towards conclusions on how the Security Council can do better in the future.
David Malones excellent and comprehensive new history of the interaction between the UN and its most troublesome member-state, Iraq, should be very welcome to Australian readers...This is a work of history written for the specialist, but the layperson will benefit from it too.
David M.Malone...has made an important contribution... by bringing out this timely and extremely well-written book. [It] goes a long way in helping us understand better the course of Iraq's fate over the past quarter of a century as also the part played by the Security Council in shaping events in that unfortunate country.
'Iraq has long been a recurring item on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council. Drawing on unparalleled access to UN insiders, David Malone, a former Canadian ambassador to the UN and former president of the International Peace Academy, offers an illuminating and fascinating accountof the impact of the Security Council on Iraq -- and Iraq's impact on the UN -- from 1980 to 2005. Though the entire work is an important addition to the understanding of modern Iraq, Malone's analysis of the recent history of UN involvement in Iraq, and the "crisis of confidence" within the UN whenit was largely sidelined following the march to war by a "coalition of the willing" without a Council mandate, will stand as a vital, must-read study.'The Toronto Globe and Mail
Meticulous in its revelation of the United States pivotal role in impeding the functioning of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), this book is a silent bomb that will explode in the face of the Indian strategic community's pro-US lobbyists...That serves as a reality check of the state of international politics.
This book provides an illuminating account of the 25 years of tangled Security Council involvement with Iraq...It is a fascinating portrait of the changing and often conflicting uses of the Security Council by the major powers, played out against a backdrop of shifting security threats, geopolitical realities, and U.S foreign policy ambitions...This book is essential reading for those who want to use the lessons of the Security Council's tumultuous encounter with Iraq to guide UNreform.
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Summaries
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Iraq has dominated headlines in contemporary times, but its controversial role in international affairs goes back much further. This book presents an understanding of one of the most persistent crises in international affairs, and the various roles the world's central peace-making forum has played in it.
Main Description
Iraq has dominated international headlines in recent years, but its controversial role in international affairs goes back much further. The key arena for these power politics over Iraq has been the United Nations Security Council. Spanning the last quarter century,The International Struggleover Iraq examines the impact the United Nations Security Council has had on Iraq - and Iraq's impact on the Security Council. The story is a fascinating one. Beginning in 1980, in the crucible of the Iran-Iraq War, the Council found a common voice as a peacemaker after the divisions of the cold war. That peacemaking role was cemented when a UN-mandated force expelled Iraqi forces from Kuwait in 1991, offering a glimpse ofa new role for the UN in the 'New World Order'. But unilateralism soon set in, as the Security Council struggled under the weight and bureaucratic demands of its changing identity. The Security Council gradually abandoned its traditional political and military tools for the legal-regulatoryapproach, but was unable to bridge the gap between those who believed allegations of Iraqi possession of weapons of mass destruction and those who didn't. Growing paralysis led eventually to deadlock in the Council in 2002, with the result that it was sidelined during the 2003 Coalition invasion.This relegation, when combined with the loss of some of its best and brightest in a massive truck bomb in Iraq later that year, precipitated a deep crisis of confidence. The future role of the UN Security Council has now, once again, become uncertain.Drawing on the author's unparalleled access to UN insiders, this volume offers radical new insights into one of the most persistent crises in international affairs, and the different roles the world's central peace-making forum has played in it.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Cold War Peacemaker: Brokering Peace in the Iran-Iraq War
New World Order Policeman: Responding to Iraqi Aggression against Kuwait
Creeping Unilateralism: Humanitarian Interventions and No-Fly Zones
Sanctions Enforcer: Economic Sanctions and the Oil-for-Food Programme
Weapons Inspector: UNSCOM, UNMOVIC, and the Disarming of Iraq
Sidelined: From 9/11 to 19 August 20038
Crisis of Confidence: Annus Horribilis and a "Vital" Role
Conclusions: Serious Consequences: How Twenty-Five Years of Involvement with Iraq has Changed the Security Council
List of Security Council Resolutions on Iraq, 1980-2005
Chronology of Major Events in Iraqi and Security Council History
Bibliography
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