Iraq and Iran (RLE Iran A)

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Taylor & Francis, Apr 27, 2012 - Social Science - 278 pages
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Behind the Iran-Iraq war rests a history of conflict stretching back to the Ottoman Turks and the Persians. This book examines the deep-seated and complex factors involved in the rivalry between these two nations. It focuses particularly on the period between 1969 and 1984, a time that saw both the rise of the Ba’th party in Iraq and Khomeini’s return to power in Iran. These changes did much to escalate tensions. The Ba’th party’s ideological, socialist regime and its emphasis on political secular concerns stood in marked contrast to Iran under Khomeini and his efforts to spread an Islamic revolution among the nation’s Shiite majority. The author discusses how these differences have affected three long-term problems: Iraq’s and Iran’s rivalry for dominance in the Arabian Gulf region; disputes over the Shatt al-Arab waterway, which serves as a boundary between the two nations; and the Kurdish rebellion in Iraq, supported by Iran. The volume also looks at the most recent episodes of crisis and analyzes the evolution of the Iran-Iraq war and its implications both regionally and globally. Unlike other studies of Iraq’s relations with Iran, Abdulghani’s is distinguished by its systematic and comprehensive synthesis which interlocks legal, cultural, historical and political issues that have characterized relations between the two countries.

 

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Contents

1The historical legacy
1
2The Return to Power of the Iraqi Bath Party in 1968
26
3 The Onset of Cold War and Confrontation 19691975
51
4 IraqiIranian Rivalry Over the Gulf19681975
74
5 The ShaH aIArab Boundary Dispute
106
6 The Kurdish Question in Iraq
131
the Algiers Agreement 1975
152
the IraqIran War
178
Conclusion
229
1937 IranoIraqi Boundary Treaty
239
Algiers Declaration 6th March 1975
242
Treaty on International Boundaries and Good Neighbourliness Between Iraq and Iran Signed on June 13 1975
244
Bibliography
250
Index
261
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