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Author Hassan, Hamdi A.

Title The Iraqi invasion of Kuwait : religion, identity, and otherness in the analysis of war and conflict / Hamdi A. Hassan
Published London ; Sterling, Va. : Pluto Press, 1999
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 278 pages)
Contents I. Understanding the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait. 1. Introduction --- 2. The Realist Perspective --- 3. The Institutional Perspective --- 4. The Reflective Perspective ---- II. The Realist Perspective. 1. Introduction --- 2. The Realist Perspective: A Theoretical Outline --- 3. Iraq's Assessment When Invading Kuwait --- 4. American-Iraqi relations 1984-90 ---- III. The Institutional Perspective. 1. Introduction --- 2. The Institutional Perspective: A Theoretical Outline --- 3. The Overlapping of Identities --- 4. The Domestic Sources of the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait --- 5. The Genealogy of the Political Elites in the Arab World --- 6. The Question of Mitigating Iraq's Economic Needs ---- IV. The Reflective Perspective. 1. Introduction --- 2. The Reflective Perspective: A Theoretical Outline --- 3. Islam and Arabism: The Genealogy of a Discursive Regime --- 4. The Arabic Political Discourse and the Invasion of Kuwait
Summary The purpose of this book is to understand and explain the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait: to understand the motivation of the Iraqi polity, and the conditions, in particular the Arabic discourse, which accelerated and facilitated the decision. Western accounts of the invasion have tended to ignore the Arabic discourse, despite the facts that this was the actors' world view. Much of the literature has tended to focus on Saddam Hussein's personality and leadership, demonizing the man, and few have viewed the invasion more calmly through the social and political context of history and political science. Few have examined the Sate, outside pressures, the impact of history, the exposure to colonialism which would have provided a balanced view, as this book attempts to do. During the Gulf crisis the literature and media coverage linked the behaviour of Arab political leaders directly to Islamic theology, as if this alone was enough to explain the invasion. This book discusses three perspectives. Firstly, the realist perspective of "Realpolitik": how Saddam Hussein reasoned and calculated the various alternatives, including the US's and Israel's intentions; the miscalculated response of the other Arab States, the Pan Arab framework; and the unprecedented support from grass roots and main-stream Arabs as the Iraq leadership introduced itself as the champion of the common Arab Nation. Secondly, the institutionalist perspective: the Iraqi domestic environment and its crisis of legitimacy, which disposed the regime to violent foreign behaviour; the social structure of Iraqi society, families, clans and regional alliances; and the modern political structure of the society, and of Ba'athism. Thirdly, the sociological perspective: the relating of the identity of Arabism (mainly the religion and language, which is associated closely with the Pan Arabist ideals) to foreign policy behaviour, as an additional explanation of the invasion. -- Publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-271) and index
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Subject Iraq-Kuwait Crisis, 1990-1991.
Panarabism.
Persian Gulf War, 1991 -- Causes.
Persian Gulf War, 1991.
Iraq -- Foreign relations -- Kuwait.
Kuwait -- Foreign relations -- Iraq.
Kuwait -- History -- 1990-91
Kuwait -- History -- 1991
Middle East -- History -- 1990-91
Persian Gulf Region -- Politics and government.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 99040502
ISBN 0585426341 (electronic bk.)
1849640378 (electronic bk.)
9780585426341 (electronic bk.)
9781849640374 (electronic bk.)