Iran and the War: From Stalemate to Ceasefire

  • Shahram Chubin


Among conflicts in the Third World, the Iran-Iraq War is unusual in several respects. Most commonly cited are its costs in human life and economic resources and its inordinate length. Less often remarked was the genre of conflict that it represented, being untypical of the prevailing pattern in the non-industrial areas, where the tendency has been for internal or civil wars. In contrast, this was a relatively rare case of (pure) interstate conflict. It was also in the classic mould in that it represented not simply — or principally — a dispute over territory, but rather a contest over power and ideas.


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  1. 1.
    For a more detailed discussion see Chubin and Tripp, Iran and Iraq at War (London: Tauris, 1988).Google Scholar
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    Martin Wight in Power Politics, Hedley Bull and Carsten Holbraad (eds) (Harmondsworth: Penguin, for RIIA, 1979) pp. 89–90, 91–2.Google Scholar
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    Jeffrey Record, ‘The Rapid Deployment Force’, Strategic Review, Spring 1986, p. 44, fn. 4.Google Scholar
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    See Edward Luttwak’s Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace (Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press, 1987).Google Scholar

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© The Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, Tel-Aviv University 1989

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