Into the Desert: Reflections on the Gulf War

Into the Desert: Reflections on the Gulf War

By: Jeffrey Engel (editor)Hardback

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In the decade following the first Gulf War, most observers regarded it as an exemplary effort by the international community to lawfully and forcefully hold a regional aggressor in check. Interpretations have changed with the times. The Gulf War led to the stationing of US troops in Saudi Arabia, an important contributing cause of the 9/11 attacks. The war also led to a long obsession with Saddam Hussein that culminated in a second, far longer, American-led war with Iraq. In Into the Desert, Jeffrey Engel has gathered an all-star cast of contributors to reevaluate the first Gulf War: Michael Gordon of the New York Times; Sir Lawrence Freedman, former foreign policy advisor to Tony Blair; Ambassador Ryan Crocker; Middle East specialist Shibley Telhami; and Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations. Engel and his contributors examine the war's origins, the war itself, and its long-term impact on international relations. All told, Into the Desert offers an astute reassessment of one of the most momentous events in the last quarter century.

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Jeffrey A. Engel is the Kruse '52 Founders Professor at Texas A & M University and the editor of The Fall of the Berlin Wall.


Foreword: Ryan Crocker, Dean of the Bush School of Government at Texas A&M University; former United States Ambassador to Kuwait, Pakistan, Syria, Lebanon, and from 2007-2009, Iraq. Crocker; Director of the State Department's Iraq-Kuwait Task Force beginning in August of 1990. ; 1. Introduction, Jeffrey Engel ; 2. Much has Happened: America and the Gulf War(s), Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations; the National Security Council's Senior Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs during the Gulf War. ; 3. Revisiting the Role of Arab Public Opinion in Desert Storm, Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat Professor of Peace and Development at the University of Maryland; a Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution ; 4. The Unique War, Sir Lawrence Freedman, Professor of War Studies at King's College, London; Member of the 2009 United Kingdom Iraq War Inquiry. ; 5.Of Doctrines, Dominos, 'Necessity', and 'Choice', Michael R. Gordon, Chief Military Correspondent for the New York Times, co-author (with General Bernard E. Trainor) of The Generals' War: The Inside Story of the Conflict in the Gulf and Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq.

Product Details

  • publication date: 20/12/2012
  • ISBN13: 9780199796281
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9780199796281
  • weight: 358
  • ISBN10: 0199796289

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