Confronting Threats from Iran through Proactive Cooperation with Iraq: Objective Necessity

Hadji-Janev, Metodi (2014) Confronting Threats from Iran through Proactive Cooperation with Iraq: Objective Necessity. In: GCC Relations with Post-War Iraq: A Strategic Perspective. Gulf Research Center, Cambridge, UK, pp. 77-95. ISBN 978-1-909864-05-4

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The U.S. led invasion of Iraq and toppling of Saddam’s regime has affected security in the Gulf by destroying the balance of power entrenched in the triangle among the GCC, Iraq and Iran. Removal of Saddam Hussein’s regime and the rise of Iran as a regional power have been seen as serious threat by the GCC countries. Complex internal, regional and global (security, political, social and economical) dynamics hold potential to affect Iraq’s future in two directions. First, to descend Iraq in to civil war. Second, to turn it in to dictatorship aligned with aggressive Iran. Hence if the GCC countries are about to maintain stability and prevent Iran to dominate the Gulf there is something to be done with Iraq’s stability and security. One possible way to avoid such scenarios is if Iraq is approached by GCC countries with a promising project that will produce win - win situation. In order to be successful GCC countries must consider short term and long term measures while approaching Iraq. These measures however will bring best benefits to the region's stability if Iraq is accepted as a full member of the GCC

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Social Sciences > Law
Social Sciences > Political Science
Divisions: Faculty of Law
Depositing User: Metodi Hadzi-Janev
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2014 08:23
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2014 08:23

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