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The United States and Iraq since 1979: Hegemony, Oil and War

Steven Hurst


This book examines American policy toward Iraq between 1979 and 2009. In that period American policy evolved through a series of stages: Initially, the Iranian Revolution and fear of an Iranian threat to America's regional allies and interests led to a ‘tilt’ toward Saddam Hussein's Iraq that then became a full-blown effort to co-opt Iraq as an American regional proxy. The Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990 then precipitated a policy reversal and propelled Iraq to the status of regional enemy number one. The Bush administration sought to destroy the Iraqi threat in the 1991 Gulf War but left Sad ... More

Keywords: United States, Iraq, Oil, Hegemony, Persian Gulf War, Iraq War, Dual Containment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780748627677
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627677.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Hurst, author