The Origins of the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait Reconsidered (Summer 2023)

dc.creatorChardell, Daniel
dc.date.accessioned2023-07-25T12:49:00Z
dc.date.available2023-07-25T12:49:00Z
dc.date.issued2023
dc.descriptionFor over 30 years, policymakers and scholars have taken for granted that Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait simply to seize its oil. That narrative misleadingly suggests that the Iraqi invasion happened to coincide with, but was unrelated to, the dawn of the post-Cold War era. In fact, Saddam’s decision-making was inextricable from his interpretation of the end of the Cold War. In late 1989 and early 1990, he posited that Soviet retrenchment portended a five-year period of American unipolarity, after which Japan and Germany would restore a global balance of power. Until that new equilibrium emerged, Saddam genuinely feared that the United States and Israel would use their unchecked power to destabilize his regime in pursuit of their hegemony over the Middle East. In the summer of 1990, Kuwait’s oil overproduction persuaded the Iraqi leadership that the Kuwaiti royal family was complicit in the U.S.-led plot that they believed was already in full swing.en_US
dc.description.departmentLBJ School of Public Affairsen_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/120571
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.26153/tsw/47415
dc.publisherTexas National Security Reviewen_US
dc.relation.ispartofTexas National Security Reviewen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesTexas National Security Review;Vol 6, Iss 3
dc.rights.restrictionOpenen_US
dc.subjectTNSR Vol. 6, Iss. 3en_US
dc.subjectCold War historyen_US
dc.subjectIraqen_US
dc.subjectKuwaiten_US
dc.subjectMENAen_US
dc.titleThe Origins of the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait Reconsidered (Summer 2023)en_US
dc.typeJournalen_US

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