This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book presents an overview of selective, significant issues in the causes, developments, and implications of the Kuwait crisis from 1990 to 1994. It analyzes the interaction between perception and strategy within Iraq. The book discusses the implications of the Gulf War on the Arab state system. It examines implications of the concept of power, strategy, and technology, and looks at their relationship with particular focus on the lessons learned from the Kuwait War. The book demonstrates that the Gulf War's "most important feature in military terms was its decisive, overwhelming character." It discusses the relationship between politics, technology, and military force. The book evaluates the impact of the Kuwait crisis on the Europeans and especially on the newly unified Germany. It elaborates on the impact of the Kuwait crisis on outside powers and the emerging order.