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Invisible War: The United States and the Iraq Sanctions

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Thursday, 4th November, 2010 at 5:30pm
Room 8 & 9, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Sidgwick Avenue

Guest Speaker: Joy Gordon

The economic sanctions imposed on Iraq from 1990 to 2003 were the most comprehensive and devastating of any established in the name of international governance. The sanctions, coupled with the bombing campaign of 1991, brought about the near collapse of Iraq’s infrastructure and profoundly compromised basic conditions necessary to sustain life.

Drawing on internal UN documents, confidential minutes of closed meetings, and interviews with foreign diplomats and U.S. officials, Gordon details how the United States not only prevented critical humanitarian goods from entering Iraq but also undermined attempts at reform; unilaterally overrode the UN weapons inspectors; and manipulated votes in the Security Council.

The talk will be followed by Q&A and a reception.


No booking required

Joy Gordon is Professor of Philosophy at Fairfield University. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Global Justice Program, in the MacMillan Centre for International and Area Studies at Yale University.

She has published articles in The Nation, Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s Magazine, Global Governance, Ethics and International Affairs, Arab Studies Quarterly, Middle East Report, and

Her book Invisible War: The United States and the Iraq Sanctions is published by the Harvard University Press

For further information, contact:

Clare Bannister, Administrator
Centre of Islamic Studies
Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue CB3 9DA

Tel: +44 (0) 1223 335103
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 335110