chapter  6
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Coalition Diplomacy and Iraq

ByTom Lansford

Central to any exploration of US security policy toward Iraq is an examination of

the role of coalition diplomacy. Indeed, the success of US policy during the first

confrontation with Iraq was based principally on the broad and inclusive nature of

the alliance that the administration of George H. W. Bush was able to array against

Saddam Hussein. From the first Gulf War onward, successive administrations in

Washington endeavored to develop broad-based coalitions of potential military

partners and diplomatic supporters. Consequently, the administrations of Bill Clinton

and George W. Bush loosely reflected the actions of the first Bush administration.