On February 15, 2003, over 6 million people around the world marched in protest against a threatened war on Iraq. In the light of these remarkable events, and the conflict that followed, it is now more important than ever to properly assess Iraq's role in world politics. This book provides a history of Iraq, an assessment of its position in the broader political landscape, and a moving account of the day-to-day reality experienced by the Iraqi people. The authors look at Iraq's -- and Saddam Hussein's -- relations and influence in the region of the greater Middle East. They examine the role of the UN, sanctions and warfare, explaining the impact this has had on Iraq's civil population and related humanitarian questions. They assess American policy towards Iraq and how this has changed since September 11, setting it within the broader context of America's involvement in the Middle East. Finally, they look at social policy within Iraq, explaining how the internal welfare system has collapsed since the Gulf War, and examining the continuing effects of depleted uranium.
Tareq Y. Ismael is a professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary, Canada & President of the International Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies at eastern Mediterranean University. His most recent works include Middle East Politics Today (2001), Turkey's Foreign Policy in the 21st Century (2003), & Iraq: The Human Cost of History (2003). Jacqueline S. Ismael is a professor of Social Work at the University of Calgary & adjunct Professor of International Relations at the Eastern Mediterranean University. Her latest works include Civil Society & The Oppressive State in the Arab World (2001) andThe Communist Movement in Syria & Lebanon (1997).
Dedication Preface 1. Introduction: The International Setting 2. The Iraq Question in Arab Politics 3. The U.S., September 11 and the Invasion of Iraq 4. UN Sanctions: Tools of domination and oppression 5. Social Deconstruction: Social development under siege 6. Russia and the Question of Iraq References Index