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While the war in Afghanistan saw most industrial countries back the US-led campaign, the subsequent war in Iraq has profoundly divided international opinion-and likely represents a watershed in the post-Cold War international order. The Iraq War examines the full range of explanations of the conflict, as well as its significance for the Middle East, for key international relationships, and for the future of the international system.
The authors critically assess the foreign policy decisions of both global and regional actors. What policies were adopted, and against what opposition? What state interests were served or compromised in the process? What are the likely longer-term consequences of each country¯s position? Addressing these questions, as well as broader issues of regional stability, global political economy, and the changing nature of warfare, they offer an in depth, systematic analysis that brings clarity to this complex subject.
About the Author
Rick Fawn is senior lecturer in international relations at the University of St. Andrews. His publications include Global Responses to Terrorism: 9/11, the War in Afghanistan, and Beyond (edited with Mary Buckley); Ideology and National Identity in Post-Communist Foreign Policies; and The Czech Republic: A Nation of Velvet.
Raymond Hinnebusch is professor of international relations and Middle East politics at the University of St. Andrews. He is author, most recently, of The International Politics of the Middle East and Syria: Revolution from Above, and coeditor of The Foreign Policies of Middle East States.
Table Of Contents
The Iraq War: Unfolding and Unfinished
Part 1: Key Global Actors
The United States: Belligerent Hegemon
The United Kingdom: Fateful Decision, Divided Nation
France: Defender of International Legitimacy
Germany: Solidarity Without Adventures
Russia: Diminished Power
Central and Eastern Europe: Independent Actors or Supplicant States?
Japan: A Bandwagoning "Lopsided Power"
Canada: Outside the Anglo-American Fold
Part 2: Key Regional Actors
Syria: Defying the Hegemon
Jordan: Appeasing the Hegemon
Saudi Arabia: The Challenge of the US Invasion of Iraq
The Palestinians: Finding No Freedom in Liberation¯
Iran: Wary Neutral
Israel: Major Beneficiary
Turkey: Recalcitrant Ally
Part 3: Context and Consequences
War and Resistance in Iraq: From Regime Change to Collapsed State
From Sanctions to Occupation: The US Impact on Iraq
Oil and the Global Economy
The Role of the United Nations
The Role of International Law and Ethics
Part 4: Theoretical Implications
Hegemonic Stability Theory Reconsidered: Implications of the Iraq War
Lessons of the Iraq War.