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The authors look at how each side has sought to use opposition groups in the other state to weaken it, ethnic divisions, the role of outside states (especially the U.S.) and an account of how the war affected a generation of Iraqis and Iranians. This book thus explains the background of a tumultuous relationship that is entering a new era.


Description

The authors look at how each side has sought to use opposition groups in the other state to weaken it, ethnic divisions, the role of outside states (especially the U.S.) and an account of how the war affected a generation of Iraqis and Iranians. This book thus explains the background of a tumultuous relationship that is entering a new era.


Reviews

'Despite America's costly entanglement in the Persian Gulf, we know surprisingly little about gulf politics. This important book helps fill this void. Unlike many studies that are collections of unrelated articles bound together by an introductory statement, this volume provides carefully integrated themes and rigorous analysis. Its authors are well-informed and their creative insights are found throughout the book.' - James A. Bill, The College of William and Mary, USA, and author of The Eagle and the Lion: The Tragedy of American-Iranian Relations

'This outstanding collection of well-written and researched chapters provides indispensable background for the current complex and troubled situation in Iraq, Iran, and the Gulf. Among other questions, it provides new and vital information on the Iraqi Kurds and Shi'is, the truth about chemical weapons used in the first Gulf War, and the U.S. role in the region. Knowledge of the matters so well covered in this book could have prevented many U.S. governmental mistakes in the region and could today provide a basis for more informed and successful policies.' - Nikki Keddie, University of California, Los Angeles, USA


Contents

Introduction; L.G.Potter & G.G.Sick
The Troubled Relationship: Iran and Iraq, 1930-1980; S.Bakhash
Position, Function, and Symbol: The Shatt al-Arab Dispute in Perspective; R.Schofield
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: The Kurdish Predicament; M.R.Izady
The Antinomies of Iran's War Generation; F.Farhi
The War Generation in Iraq: A Case of Failed Etatist Nationalism; F.A.Jabar
Iraqi Shi'i Politics
Outsiders as Enablers: Consequences and Lessons from International Silence on Iraq's Use of Chemical Weapons during the Iran-Iraq War; J.R.Hiltermann
The Gulf States and the Iran-Iraq War; G.Nonneman
The U.S. Role: Harmful or Helpful?; R.Hollis


Authors

LAWRENCE G. POTTER is Deputy Director of Gulf/2000 and Adjunct Associate Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University, USA.

GARY G. SICK is the Executive Director of Gulf/2000 and Director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University, USA.