The war for the liberation of Kuwait following the Iraqi invasion in 1990 rekindled the international community's geopolitical interest in the Gulf and helped define a new regional order. This book analyzes the political, strategic, and economic dimensions of the second Gulf War, with particular focus on military aspects. An international roster of experts treats issues of strategy, weapons technology, arms transfers, and the impact on the Arab state system. Of special interest is the exploration of the implications of the war for Japan, Germany, Russia, and Europe.
Foreword -- Foreword -- Introduction -- National and Regional Dimensions -- Symbol and Strategy: Iraq and the War for Kuwait -- Saddam Hussein's Invasion of Kuwait: A Premeditated Act -- Order and Interest: The Kuwait War and the Arab State System -- Power, Strategy, and Technology -- How Kuwait Was Won: Strategy in the Gulf War -- Politics and Military Technology: Explaining the 1991 Gulf War -- Classical Campaign in a Difficult Environment: Remarks and Questions Regarding the 1991 Gulf War -- The Second Gulf War and Transfers of Conventional Arms -- Oil and Power After the 1991 Gulf War -- Outside Powers and the Emerging Order -- The American Approach to the Security of the Gulf -- From Kuwait to the Abyss: The Soviet Union's Last Foreign Policy -- Moscow: The 1991 Gulf Crisis and Its Aftermath -- Germany and the Kuwait War -- Trial of an Ideal: Japan's Debate Over the Kuwait Crisis -- The Impact of the Kuwait Conflict on the United Nations and the Security Council: Developments and Perspectives -- Epilogue: Reflections on the Kuwait Crisis as Part of an International Triple Crisis -- Resolutions of the United Nations Security Council Regarding the Situation Between Iraq and Kuwait, August 1990–April 1995 -- Chronology