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Sold Out? US Foreign Policy, Iraq, the Kurds, and the Cold War

Authors: Gibson, Bryan R.

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This book analyzes the ways in which US policy toward Iraq was dictated by America's broader Cold War strategy between 1958 and 1975. While most historians have focused on “hot” Cold War conflicts such as Cuba, Vietnam, and Afghanistan, few have recognized Iraq's significance as a Cold War battleground. This book argues that US decisions and actions were designed to deny the Soviet Union influence over Iraq and to create a strategic base in the oil-rich Gulf region. Using newly available primary sources and interviews, this book reveals new details on America's decision-making toward and actions against Iraq during the height of the Cold War and shows where Iraq fits into the broader historiography of the Cold War in the Middle East. Further, it raises important questions about widely held misconceptions of US-Iraqi relations, such as the CIA's alleged involvement in the 1963 Ba'thist coup and the theory that the US sold out the Kurds in 1975.

About the authors

Bryan R. Gibson holds a PhD in International History from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. He is the author of Covert Relationship: American Foreign Policy, Intelligence and the Iran-Iraq War, 1980-1988 and co-editor of The Iran-Iraq War: New International Perspectives.

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“In this perceptive, well-informed, and meticulously researched book, Bryan R. Gibson offers the most detailed and comprehensive study to date of US-Iraqi relations from the late 1950s to the 1970s, especially as those relations bore on the status and fate of Iraqi Kurds. Gibson persuasively shows that the drive to contain the Soviet Union was the overriding factor in US policy toward Iraq and its Kurdish population. More provocatively, he challenges scholars who portray Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's treatment of the Kurds as a particularly shameful chapter in modern US diplomacy. Without denying the cynicism underlying Kissinger's Kurdish policy, Gibson argues that that policy featured greater thoughtfulness and restraint than previous accounts have acknowledged. No scholar of US-Iraqi relations should ignore this book.” (Salim Yaqub, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)

“This book gives a fascinating insight into US foreign policy toward Iraq by looking at how various administrations dealt with Iraq's different regimes. By extensively researching American documents, Gibson clearly shows how the Cold War was the driving force behind US foreign policy for more than a quarter century. An important source for anyone interested in US-Iraqi relations during this critical period.” (Joseph Sassoon, Georgetown University, USA; author of Saddam Hussein's Ba'th Party: Inside an Authoritarian Regime)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Eisenhower and the Qasim Regime: July 1958–January 1961

    Gibson, Bryan R.

    Pages 1-31

  • Kennedy and the Qasim Regime: January 1961–February 1963

    Gibson, Bryan R.

    Pages 33-56

  • Kennedy and the First Ba’thist Regime: February–November 1963

    Gibson, Bryan R.

    Pages 57-81

  • Johnson and the Arab Nationalists: November 1963–June 1967

    Gibson, Bryan R.

    Pages 83-102

  • Johnson and the British Withdrawal from the Gulf: June 1967–January 1969

    Gibson, Bryan R.

    Pages 103-116

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sold Out? US Foreign Policy, Iraq, the Kurds, and the Cold War
Authors
Series Title
Middle East Today
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-51715-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137517159
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-48711-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 257
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