The Iran-Iraq War: A Reassessment

  title={The Iran-Iraq War: A Reassessment},
  author={Ray Takeyh},
  journal={The Middle East Journal},
  pages={365 - 383}
  • Ray Takeyh
  • Published 1 July 2010
  • Political Science
  • The Middle East Journal
The Iran-Iraq war remains one of the longest conflicts in the history of the modern Middle East. The war would define Iran’s foreign policy orientation, as the exigencies of the conflict conditioned its approach to the United States, the Arab world, and even Israel. Along the way, Iran’s leaders made a series of mistakes and miscalculations that ensured a stalemated conflict. Subordinating strategy to ideology and misplaced hopes that Iraq’s population would rise to welcome Iranians as… 

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