- Title Pages
- One The Role of the UN Secretary-General
- Two Palestine, the Third World, and the UN as Seen from a Special Commission
- Three On Behalf of the United Nations
- Four The UN Statehood Bid
- Five The Wrong Kind of Intervention in Syria
- Six Constructing Security Council Resolution 1701 in Lebanon in the Shadow of the “War on Terror”
- Seven The UN Security Council and Ghosts of Iraq
- Eight Iraq
- Nine Libya: A UN Resolution and NATO’s Failure to Protect
- Ten Peacekeeping and the Arab World
- Eleven The UN Human Rights Game and the Arab Region
- Twelve The Politics of the Sanctions on Iraq and the UN Humanitarian Exception
- Thirteen An Agency for the Palestinians?
- Fourteen Challenged but Steadfast
- Fifteen The UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the Iraq Refugee Operation
- Sixteen The Syrian Refugee Crisis in the Middle East
- Seventeen The Middle East
- Eighteen The UN, the Economic and Social Commission for West Asia, and Development in the Arab World
- Nineteen The United Nations, Palestine, Liberation, and Development
- Twenty Peacebuilding in Palestine
- Twenty-One The International Labour Organization and Workers’ Rights in the Arab Region
- Twenty-Two Peacekeeping, Development, and Counterinsurgency
- Twenty-Three The Protective Shields
Twenty Years in the Shadow of Chapter VII
- (p.194) Eight Iraq
- Land of Blue Helmets
Coralie Pison Hindawi
- University of California Press
This chapter examines how the Security Council used its powers under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter to react to threats to the peace, breaches of the peace, or acts of aggression by Iraq against Kuwait. With the invasion and annexation of Kuwait in August 1990, Iraqi decision makers had to expect an international reaction. However, they surely could not anticipate that this move would place Iraq in the shadow of Chapter VII's enforcement measures for the two decades to come. This chapter explains how Iraq's invasion of Kuwait became a perfect opportunity to demonstrate the potential of the resurrected UN collective security system. It argues that rather than being reborn in Iraq after its demise during the Cold War, the UN collective security system was in fact buried again in Iraq as the Chapter VII regime became a trap from which the country had no chance to escape.
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