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Sanctioning Saddam : the politics of intervention in Iraq
Graham-Brown, Sarah.
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London ; New York : I.B. Tauris in association with MERIP ; New York: Distributed in the United States and Canada by St. Martin's Press, 1999.
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xvii, 380 pages : maps ; 24 cm
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Throughout the 1990s Iraq has been the target not only of military attack but of the most draconian and protracted economic embargo ever imposed by the international community. In the immediate aftermath of the 1991 Gulf War the embargo was accompanied by an effort to provide aid to the Iraqi people and to protect them against human rights abuses, an initiative that seemed to break new ground in providing protection for civilians in a situation of conflict. Yet the outcome of the international community's efforts has fallen short of the promise. Why has there been such a large gap between the rhetoric and reality? How exactly have the combination of economic sanctions, international humanitarian aid and limited protection of civilians affected Iraq? And what lessons can be drawn from the experience? This is the most carefully documented, comprehensive account to be published on the consequences of intervention in Iraq during the 1990s. It examines not only the record of intervention, but also the complicated political context which has shaped international policy and the Iraqi response to it.

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Sarah Graham Brown has written several books on the Middle East, including the highly successful Images of Women: The Portrayal of Women in Photography in the Middle East 1860-1950 .

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Library Journal Review

Graham-Brown, who worked as the coordinator of the Gulf Information Project with the Refugee Council in London, examines the current sanction strategies against Iraq, how they developed, and what problems they pose. Attempting to explain the dynamic and complex relations at the international, regional, and local levels, she has arranged the book into three main sections: how governments and the UN formulated policy and what the Iraqi reactions were; the situation within Iraq; and the efforts of the UN and other international governmental organizations to provide humanitarian aid efforts (the author's real interest). Well-documented chapter endnotes are included, with references to many interviews and publications from governments and international organizations. The bibliography is confusing, however, as it is divided into large sections, and the last name is not at the beginning of the citation. This book complements Geoffrey L. Simons's The Sourging of Iraq: Sanctions, Law, and National Justice (St. Martin's, 1998). Recommended for both public and academic libraries.√ĄDaniel K. Blewett, Loyola Univ. Lib., Chicago (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

An effective and reliable perspective on Iraq and its conflict-ridden relationship with the UN, the West, and the US is yet to be written. Until then, this volume fills a major gap with substantial but not complete data. Graham-Brown admits the picture is more complex than she shows, and the concern she evidences--the humanitarian factor-- tends to bias the presentation. She points out some of the critical trends in international organizational politics, i.e., the UN shift from peacekeeping and peace settlements to peace enforcement. The newness of this development, she notes, begs a concern with humanitarian efforts as part of the fallout, an element often not thoroughly considered. Though not disregarding the role of force in situations, at times she seems to want to separate political interests from humanitarian and/or economic concerns. Such separation becomes virtually impossible when dealing with conflict partners who deliberately exploit the connection between the two. This does not detract from Graham-Brown's pertinent questions about the relationship, process, and content of apropos decision-making. With Iraq as her focal point, Graham-Brown covers a large geographic area of conflict and deals with continuing questions in the area of humanitarian aid (food provisions, refugees, asylum, physical protection, genocide, etc.) Upper-division undergraduates and above. B. Schechterman; University of Miami