The Iraq War and Iranian Power

@article{Carpenter2007TheIW,
  title={The Iraq War and Iranian Power},
  author={Ted Galen Carpenter and Malou Innocent},
  journal={Survival},
  year={2007},
  volume={49},
  pages={67 - 82}
}
By deposing Saddam Hussein, the United States radically altered the balance of power in the Persian Gulf. Since the early 1940s, power had been dispersed among Saudi Arabia, Iraq, the United States, Iran and the Soviet Union (and its successor, the Russian Federation). The most intense manoeuvring within this multipolar balance occurred between Iraq and Iran, with neither side achieving a clear advantage. That dynamic has now changed. Even before the US-led 2003 invasion of Iraq, Iran possessed… Expand
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