To what extent was the First Gulf War of 1990/1991 caused by a failure of deterrence?

Begum, Zaheda (2015) To what extent was the First Gulf War of 1990/1991 caused by a failure of deterrence? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation is a study on the extent to which deterrence failed in 1990/1991. This study will reveal that the failure was caused by the complete absence of a deterrent threat. The US had the capabilities to act in 1990, but failed to do so. Therefore, this study will seek to explain why there was a complete absence of a deterrent policy. The study will contrast the motivations and drivers that led Saddam to invade Kuwait, with the failure of the American administration to assess when a risk had become a threat. The Bush administration neglected critical intelligence collected on Saddam and therefore they failed to adopt a suitable response in deterring an Iraqi invasion, which proceeded on 2nd August 1990.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2015 15:10
    Last Modified: 04 Aug 2015 15:10
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/17952

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