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The International Struggle Over IraqPolitics in the UN Security Council 1980-2005$
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David M. Malone

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199278572

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199278571.001.0001

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Weapons Inspector: UNSCOM, UNMOVIC and the Disarming of Iraq

Weapons Inspector: UNSCOM, UNMOVIC and the Disarming of Iraq

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(p.152) 6 Weapons Inspector: UNSCOM, UNMOVIC and the Disarming of Iraq
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The International Struggle Over Iraq
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David M. Malone (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199278571.003.0006

This chapter analyzes the disarmament of Iraq following the First Gulf War. Disarmament controlled by inspections and monitoring was the cornerstone of the vision set out for Iraq by SCR 687 in 1991. Weapons inspections were the administrative mechanism for the verification of Iraqi disarmament, with sanctions and the threat of force providing the incentive for Iraq to disarm. But for over a decade, Saddam Hussein successfully obscured the degree to which actual disarmament had been achieved, an uncertainty assessed very differently by Paris and Washington. The establishment of the UN Special Commission (UNSCOM) and the UN Monitoring, Verification, and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) is discussed.

Keywords:   UN Security Council, disarmament, First Gulf War, inspections, UNSCOM, UNMOVIC, disarmament, Saddam Hussein

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