A History of the Iraq Crisis: France, the United States, and Iraq, 1991-2003

Hardcover | December 6, 2016

byFrédéric Bozo

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In March 2003, the United States and Great Britain invaded Iraq to put an end to the regime of Saddam Hussein. The war was launched without a United Nations mandate and was based on the erroneous claim that Iraq had retained weapons of mass destruction. France, under President Jacques Chirac and Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin, spectacularly opposed the United States and British invasion, leading a global coalition against the war that also included Germany and Russia. The diplomatic crisis leading up to the war shook both French and American perceptions of each other and revealed cracks in the transatlantic relationship that had been building since the end of the Cold War.

Based on exclusive French archival sources and numerous interviews with former officials in both France and the United States, A History of the Iraq Crisis retraces the international exchange that culminated in the 2003 Iraq conflict. It shows how and why the Iraq crisis led to a confrontation between two longtime allies unprecedented since the time of Charles de Gaulle, and it exposes the deep and ongoing divisions within Europe, the Atlantic alliance, and the international community as a whole. The Franco-American narrative offers a unique prism through which the American road to war can be better understood.

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In March 2003, the United States and Great Britain invaded Iraq to put an end to the regime of Saddam Hussein. The war was launched without a United Nations mandate and was based on the erroneous claim that Iraq had retained weapons of mass destruction. France, under President Jacques Chirac and Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin,...

Frédéric Bozo is professor in the Department of European Studies at the Sorbonne Nouvelle (University of Paris III). He is the author of Mitterrand, the End of the Cold War, and German Unification (2009), among other works, and was a public policy scholar at the Wilson Center in 2010-11.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:408 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:December 6, 2016Publisher:Woodrow Wilson Center Press / Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231704445

ISBN - 13:9780231704441

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsList of AbbreviationsIntroductionPrologue: Faced with a Hyperpower1. From One War to Another: 1991-20012. Bush 43 and September 11: January-December 20013. The Axis of Evil: January-September 20024. The Negotiations: September-December 20025. The Rupture: January 20036. The Confrontation: February 20037. The War: Spring-Summer 2003Epilogue: Reconciliation: 2003-2007AfterwordAbbreviations in NotesNotesSources and BibliographyIndex

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This is an exquisitely written treatment of the decisions leading to the Iraq tragedy. Bozo shines light on events that can only come from the outside. France saw things America did not-in Baghdad and Washington. American readers will learn how we are seen from outside and witness the often unexpected reactions to decisions made in Washington. A vital history for both academics and practitioners in international security.