Despite the cease-fire that ended the eight-year-long Iran-Iraq war, the geopolitical impacts still continues to prevail today in the Gulf. This war serves as a lens to grasp Iran’s hawkish rhetoric and its nuclear programme stems from it being a marginalised state; a process which stretched out to the current post-US intervention in the Iraqi state and therefore the Kurdistan question. It is also the war that helped Russia to expand its sphere of influence in the region and the West to interfere in the stabilisation of...
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...d the matter is also explained in the book written by Ashton and Gibson where Razoux was also the author of the “France’s involvement to Iran-Iraq War” chapter.
Despite this the thoroughly embraced and valuable research of Razoux, there are some issues direct the reader to question. These issues will be discussed after reviewing Ashton and Gibson’s book by comparing their stances and style.
The editors of NIP, Nigel Ashton and Brian Gibson are both London School of Economics scholars. Nigel Ashton is an international history professor and his expertise is on Anglo-American relations and modern Middle East. NIP (Routledge, 2013) is the second edited book of Ashton who is the author of three books and the first for the young scholar Gibson who published his first book on 2010 . The sources have some similarities with TIIW, Western archives and seized Iraqi materials.
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