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Links to background information on Iraq have been moved to this page following the outset of the war. The page will continue to be updated from time to time.

About Iraq
The Case Against Iraq In Iraq's defence
Response options

About Iraq

Map source: Encyclopaedia Britannica

"Iraq" Encyclopædia Britannica from Encyclopædia Britannica Online. (Access may be limited.)

Iraq maps at the University of Texas Perry-Castaneda Library.

Special Section on U.S. Policy and Iraq, Columbia International Affairs Online. (The link to the special section is on the home-page, but access to the website may be limited)

Atlantic Unbound, Flashback: Iraq (links to archived articles on Iraq)

The Economist, Iraq, Backgrounders.

International Crisis Group, Iraq Backgrounder: What lies beneath, October 1, 2002.

Council on Foreign Relations, Iraq.

Monterey Bay Educators Against War, Iraq; See also, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Inc; Veterans Against the Iraq War; Veterans for Common Sense.

Phyllis Bennis, Understanding the US-Iraq Crisis: A Primer, Institute of Policy Studies, January 2003.

Public Attitudes Towards War in Iraq, Foreign Policy, May-June 2003.

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Iraq and Arms Control: A SIPRI Archive. (PDF)

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The Case Against Iraq

US Secretary of State Colin Powell's presentation to the UN Security Council, February 5, 2003.
(Three articles in The Nation comment on the presentation sceptically: Phyllis Bennis, Powell's UN Presentation; David Corn, Powell's One Good Reason to Bomb Iraq; Katrina vanden Heuvel,
Powell Fails to Make Case.
Rahul Mahajan, Rebutting Powell, Outlook, February 6, 2003
David Cortright, Alistair Millar, George A. Lopez, and Linda Gerber, Contested Case: Do the Facts Justify the Case for War in Iraq? Kroc Institute/Fourth Freedom Forum Policy Brief F8, February 2003. [Executive Summary] [Full Report] )

Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Assessment of the British Government, September 24, 2002.

Iraq -- its infrastructure of concealment, deception and intimidation, UK government report, January 2003. (but see also: Dossier, cited by Powell, called a "sham", Online Beat by John Nichols, The Nation, February 6, 2003; Sarah Lyall, Britain Admits That Much of Its Report on Iraq Came From Magazines, New York Times, February 8, 2003.)

Hans Blix's reports to the UN: December 17, 2002, January 27, 2003, February 14, 2003.

Mohammed El-Baradei's report to the UN: The Status of Nuclear Inspections in Iraq, 14 February 2003 Update

(See: Weighing the Evidence, New York Times, February 15, 2003; Owen Bowcott, Ewen MacAskill, Richard Norton-Taylor and Brian Whitaker, Inspector's report: the questions still to be answered, The Guardian, February 15, 2003.)

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Iraq and Arms Control: A SIPRI Archive (pdf version also available).

Sarah Graham-Brown and Chris Toensing, Why Another War? A Backgrounder on the Iraq Crisis, 2nd Ed., Middle East Research and Information Project. (pdf)

Inspectors call U.S. Tips 'Garbage,' CBS News, February 20, 2003.

Iraq and terrorism

Iraq and al-Qaeda: What's the evidence? BBC, January 30, 2003.

International Crisis Group, Radical Islam in Iraqi Kurdistan: The Mouse that Roared? February 7, 2003.

Yossi Melman, Iraq's Ties to Terror Aren't Easy to Read, New York Times, February 9, 2003.

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In Iraq's Defence

The Saddam Hussain Interview by Tony Benn, Channel 4, February 4, 2003.

Iraqi Weapons Declaration, December 7, 2002.

International Crisis Group, Voices from the Iraqi Street, December 4, 2002

Saddam: We are Bracing Ourselves, Interview with Dan Rather, CBS News, February 24, 2003.

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Responding to Iraq's Transgressions: The Options

International Atomic Energy Agency, Iraq: Next Steps.

Brainstorming on Iraq, Institute for Security Studies-European Union, November 25, 2002. (PDF)

Intervention in Iraq? PBS Online Newshour.

Voices from Iraq and other exclusive interviews, The Guardian.

BBC's day of programmes on Iraq, February 12, 2003. (Little text, but you can watch them)

Vox Americana, Christian Science Monitor series:
Abraham McLaughlin, In Minnesota, a town of veterans divides over Iraq war, March 5, 2003;
Liz Marlantes, Behind Bush, but with qualms - and minds on the game, March 6, 2003;
Daniel B. Wood, From Leno's audience, monologues on war, March 7, 2003;
Liz Marlantes, From Alabama pews, a wary look at war, March 10, 2003;
Abraham McLaughlin, No fare: a cab's-eye view of war, peace, March 14, 2003;
Liz Marlantes, Pit-stop politics: Alabama's BBQ view, March 17, 2003;
Abraham McLaughlin, In the ultimate swing district, angst on war, March 18, 2003;
Liz Marlantes, Watching and waiting, March 19, 2003.

Jim Wallis and John Bryson Chane, There is a Third Way, Washington Post, March 14, 2003.

Diplomatic and Political Options

John Vinocur, U.S. question: with us or against us? International Herald Tribune, February 6, 2003.

John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, An Unnecessary War, Foreign Policy, January/February 2003.

Scott Ritter, Saddam Does Not Threaten US, New Perspectives Quarterly, Winter 2003.

Glenn Kessler, Forceful Tactics Catch Up with U.S., Washington Post, February 16, 2003.

Paul Kennedy, Saddam et <<la solution lilliputienne>>, Le Figaro, February 14, 2003.

If not war, then what? The Guardian, February 2003.

Michael Klare, Options Exist Short of War, USA Today, March 18, 2003.


Brian Orend, "War", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2002 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.).

Santiago Alba, Five Thousand and Twelve Reasons for War, ZNet, March 5, 2003. Originally here in Spanish.

Barham Salih, Give us a chance to build a democratic Iraq, New York Times, February 5, 2003.

Fouad Ajami, Iraq and the Arabs' Future, Foreign Affairs, January/February 2003.

Michael Scott Doran, Palestine, Iraq and American Strategy, Foreign Affairs, January/February 2003.

Michael Gordon, Timing is Everything, New York Times, February 6, 2003.

Ivo H. Daalder and James Lindsay, Forward Thinking, The American Prospect, February 6, 2003.

Bill Keller, The I-Can't-Believe-I'm-a-Hawk Club, New York Times, 2003.

Debating Points, Washington Post, February 16, 2003.

William Safire, The Yes-But Parade, New York Times, February 20, 2003.

Faleh A. Jabar, Iraq: The Military Response, Le Monde Diplomatique, January 2003.

Paul Reynolds, Power Americana, BBC News Online, February 26, 2003.

Michael Kinsley, Desert Shields: Is it wrong for Saddam to put civilians in the crosshairs?, Slate, February 27, 2003.

Why war would be justified, The Economist, Feb 20th 2003.

Jim Vallette, Steve Kretzmann and Daphne Wysham, Crude Vision: How Oil Interests Obscured US Government Focus on Chemical Weapons Use by Saddam Hussain, Institute for Policy Studies Report. (PDF) Links to related reports and documents here.

Robert Blecher, “Free People Will Set the Course of History" Intellectuals, Democracy and American Empire, Middle East Report Online, March 2003.

Dissenting Opinions

Kroc Institute Resources on Policy and Ethics, Notre Dame University, Alternatives to War with Iraq. (This is an excellent resource with articles addressing ethical and policy issues at once.)

Iraq: Power and Insecurity, Dissent, Winter 2003.

The Electronic Iraq Project.

Znet's Iraq Watch.

International Crisis Group, Iraq Policy Briefing: Is there an alternative to war? February 24, 2003.

Michael Walzer, The Right Way, The New York Review of Books, March 13, 2003.

Avishai Margalit, The Wrong War, The New York Review of Books, March 13, 2003.

Jimmy Carter, Just War--Or A Just War?, New York Times, March 9, 2003.

Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, 'No' to war: globalization with a human face, Excerpts from his keynote address to the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Kuala Lumpur, February 2003, Dawn, February 28-March 1 2003. Part One. Part Two.

Robert Dreyfuss, The Thirty-Year Itch, Mother Jones, March-April 2003.
Also, see related map: The Thirty-Year Itch: Oil and Arms.

Robert Scheer, When Bombs Fall, U.S. Will Join Ranks of War Criminals, Los Angeles Times, March 11, 2003.

Robert Scheer, A Tip on Iraq From Those Who Walked That Road, Los Angeles Times, February 26, 2003.

Philip Webster, Labour mutiny leaves Blair out on a limb, Times Online, February 27, 2003.

E.J.Dionne, Listen to the Doubters, Washington Post, February 18, 2003.

Simon Tisdall, War remains the option of first resort--not last, The Guardian, February 27, 2003.

Alex Mikulich, "The War on Terrorism and Iraq: A New American Crusade?" Religious Socialism: The Journal for People of Faith and Socialism, August 2002.

Patrick E. Tyler, A New Power in the Streets, New York Times, February 17, 2003; Le grand absent, Le Figaro, February 17, 2003.

Nicole Gnesotto, Europe-Etats-Unis : ni allégeance, ni affrontement, Le Figaro, February 7, 2003.

Gareth Evans, The question for Powell, International Herald Tribune, February 3, 2003. (From the International Crisis Group site)

Michael Klare, The Coming War with Iraq: Deciphering the Bush Administration's Motives, Foreign Policy in Focus, January 16, 2003.

Pervez Hoodbhoy, Imperialism Fuels US Policy, Gulf News, Dubai, February 5, 2003.

Perry Anderson, Force and Consent, New Left Review 17, September-October 2002.

Jack Beatty, The Road Better Not Taken, Atlantic Unbound, February 5, 2003.

Richard Holbrooke, Preemption Wrong US Policy, But Saddam Must Go, New Perspectives Quarterly, Winter 2003.

Stephen Zunes, Reasons Not to Attack Iraq, Foreign Policy in Focus, November 24, 2003

Jeffrey Sachs, Weapons of Mass Salvation, The Economist, October 24, 2002. (Also available here.)

Sunny Bindra, War with Iraq: Some facts you may not know, Sunday Nation, Nairobi, February 16, 2003.

Robert Fisk, The case against war: A conflict driven by the self-interest of US, The Independent, republished in The News International, February 16, 2003.

Janadas Devan, There is no need to rush into an optional war, Straits Times, February 14, 2003.

J. Peter Scoblic, Nuclear Option Creep, Christian Science Monitor, February 10, 2003.


William Saletan, The Saddameter, calculates the odds of war on Iraq.

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