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US Foreign Policy and the Gulf Wars Decision- making and International Relations

ISBN: 9781780768359 | 1780768354
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: I. B. Tauris
Pub. Date: 12/30/2015

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The US-led coalition which launched an invasion of Iraq on 20 March 2003 led to a decade-long military presence in the country. In the run-up to that invasion, many comparisons were made with the 1991 Gulf War. Ahmed Ijaz Malik takes these two instances of intervention by Republican US governments to highlight how the official discourse of leaders and decision makers has an impact on foreign policy and its results. By taking these two examples he examines how discourse affects real events, and the extent to which the legacy of the Cold War has influenced the decisions which are made at the upper echelons of the US government. Since the implications of the US military presence in the Middle East are so central to the study of International Relations and Security Studies, this book will be invaluable for specialists in these disciplines, as well as for those interested in policy formation and the wider Middle East.

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